Recent Progress and activities on LTER in Japan


Nakashizuka, Tohru

Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan





         Several activities as bellows have been conducted in these two years to establish the network of long-term ecological researches and research sites both domestically and internationally.

1) Working Group on LTER in Ecological Society of Japan

         The working group above was established at the annual meeting of the Ecological society of Japan in Kyoto, March 1998. The working groups are to have discussion to promote LTER and international correspondence.

2) New Institute on Global Environment Studies

         The ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (MESSC), Japan is planning to have a new institute on global environmental studies. The plan includes the field stations for long-term researches, and networks among the existing field research sites.

3) US-Japan Young Scientists Exchange Programs

         In 1998 and 1999, US graduate students and senior researchers visited several Japanese sites of long-term ecological researches, and had seminars in CER, Kyoto University (1998) and Tomakomai Experimental Forests (1999). Also, Japanese graduate students visited several US LTER sites in the both years. These activities were funded by National Science Foundation (NSF, US) and Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS).

4) Domestic meeting on promotion of LTERs in Japan

         The Ministry of Education has funded to have a domestic meeting on the promotion of LTERs. In September 1999, we summarize the present condition of the Japanese LTERs ongoing in the field stations of various institutions and discuss on the future progress.

5) DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA)

         As a regional organization to promote biodiversity studies in Western Pacific and Asia, DIWPA was established in 1993. It plans to have Biodiversity Observation Year in 2001 inviting many LTER sites in this region.