HOSONO Takahiro

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HOSONO Takahiro
Kumamoto University
Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D in Science(Tsukuba University)
Other affiliation
Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST)


Origin of my research field is geology (petrology and mineral resources) with a special focus on isotope geochemistry. I also have research experiences in the field of cultural property science. Around the year 2005, my research interest gradually shifted towards fields related to the earth environmental issues, especially at near-surface environments including atmospheric, surface and subsurface, and costal environments, with an application of hydrological simulation models and stable- and radio-isotopes with other geochemical tools. My main field is Kumamoto, the largest groundwater city in Japan. However, target area is generally broad including Asia and Africa, where cities and regions are facing water problems in response to increasing water demand due to population increase. Please visit my HP for more detailed information.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2019
Associate Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University
Apr 2014
Mar 2019
Associate Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University
Aug 2017
Sep 2017
Visiting Associate Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
Jun 2013
Mar 2014
Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Geology, University of Barcelona, Spain
Apr 2009
Mar 2014
Assistant Professor, Priority Organization for Innovation and Excellence, Kumamoto University
Apr 2014
Mar 2019
Associate Professor, Priority Organization for Innovation and Excellence ,Kumamoto University
May 2007
Mar 2009
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Science and Technology, Akita University
Apr 2006
May 2007
JSPS Postdoc Fellow, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Apr 2005
Mar 2006
Research Fellow, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Apr 2003
Mar 2005
Assistant Professor, Department of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Waseda University


Apr 1998
Mar 2003
Institute of Geoscience, Tsukuba University

Committee Memberships

Jan 2019
Chief Guest Editor  Special Issue on Journal of Hydrology
Apr 2003
Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology  Journal publication committee
Mar 2005
Nov 2005
Japanese Association of Hydrological Sciences  Journal publication committee
Apr 2002
Mar 2005
Society of Resource Geology  Committee member of PR and election

Awards & Honors

Sep 2017
Best Research Award, Japanese Association of Hydrological Sciences
Winner: 井手淨, 利部慎, 細野高啓, 嶋田純
May 2017
Best Paper Award, Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology
Winner: 森康二, 田原康博, 多田和広, 細野高啓, 嶋田純, 松永縁, 登坂博行
Jun 2004
Petrochemistry of volcanic rocks in the Hishikari mining area of southern Japan, with implications for the relative contribution of lower crust and mantle-derived basalt, Best Research Award, Society of Resource Geology
Winner: 細野高啓, 中野孝教

Published Papers

Groundwater nitrate contamination in an area using urban wastewaters for agricultural irrigation under arid climate condition, southeast of Tehran, Iran.
Nejatijahromi, Z., Nassery, H.R., Hosono, T., Nakhaei, M., Alijani, F., Okumura, A.
Agricultural Water Management   221 397-414   2019   [Refereed]
Sea surficial waves as a driving force that enhances the fresh shallow coastal groundwater flux into the oceans.
Nikpeyman, Y., Hosono, T., Ono, M., Yang, H., Ichiyanagi, K., Shimada, J., Takikawa, K.
Environmental Earth Sciences   78, 252    2019   [Refereed]
Recovery of lost nexus synergy via payment for environmental services in Kumamoto, Japan.
Taniguchi, M., Burnett, K., Shimada, J., Hosono, T.
Frontiers in Environmental Science   7, 28    2019   [Refereed]
Human-induced saltpetre: Dual (oxygen and nitrogen) isotopic constraints to the biogeochemical processes.
Mizota, C., Hosono, T., Matsunaga, M., Okumura, A., Yamanaka, T.
Archaeometry      2019   [Refereed]
Controlling factors and driving mechanisms of nitrate contamination in groundwater system of Bandung Basin, Indonesia, deduced by combined use of stable isotope ratios, CFC age dating, and socioeconomic parameters.
Taufiq, A., Effendi, A.J., Iskandar, I., Hosono, T., Hutasoit, L.M.
Water Research   148 292-305   2019   [Refereed]
Dual (oxygen and nitrogen) isotopic characterization of the museum archived nitrates from the United States of America, South Africa and Australia.
Mizota, C., Hosono, T., Matsunaga, M., Okumura, A.
Science of the Total Environment   625 627-632   2018   [Refereed]
Estimating silicate weathering timescales from geochemical modeling and spring water residence time in the Kirishima volcanic area, southern Japan.
Ide, K., Hosono, T., Hossain, S., Shimada, J.
Chemical Geology   488 44-55   2018   [Refereed]
Estimating groundwater mixing ratios from vertical flux processes due to excessive groundwater pumping using hydrogeochemical parameters and nitrate concentrations in the Bandung Basin, Indonesia.
Taufiq, A., Hosono, T., Iskandar, I., Effendi, A.J., Hutasoit, L.M.
Geologia Croatica   71(3) 173-184   2018   [Refereed]
Earthquake-induced structural deformations enhance long-term solute fluxes from active volcanic systems.
Hosono, T., Hartmann, J., Louvat, P., Amann, T., Washington, K.E., West, A.J., Okamura, K., Böttcher, M.E., Gaillardet, J.
Scientific Reports   8, 14809    2018   [Refereed]
Evaluations of the downward velocity of soil water movement in the unsaturated zone in a groundwater recharge area using δ18O tracer: the Kumamoto region, southern Japan.
Okumura, A., Hosono, T., Boateng, D., Shimada, J.
Geologia Croatia Journal   71, 2    2018   [Refereed]
On the use of coprostanol to identify source of nitrate pollution in groundwater.
Nakagawa, K., Amano, H., Takao, Y., Hosono, T., Berndtsson, R.
Journal of Hydrology   550 663-668   2017   [Refereed]
Drought analysis and its implication in sustainable water resource management in Barind area, Bangladesh.
Rahman, A.T.M.S., Jahan, C.S., Mazumder, Q.H., Kamruzzaman, Md., Hosono, T.,
Journal of the Gological Society of Indea   89(1) 47-56   2017   [Refereed]
Spatial distribution of microbial communities in the alluvial aquifer along the Oyodo River, Miyakonojo Basin, Japan.
Zeng, X., Hosono, T., Matsunaga, M., Ohta, H., Niidome, T., Shimada, J., Morimura, S.
Journal of Water and Environment Technology   15(4) 152-162   2017   [Refereed]
Impact of excessive groundwater pumping on rejuvenation processes in the Bandung basin (Indonesia) as determined by hydrogeochemistry and modeling.
Taufiq, A., Hosono, T., Ide, K., Kagabu, M., Iskandar, I., Effendi, A.J., Hutasoit, L.M., Shimada, J.
Hydrogeology Journal   26(4) 1263-1279   2017   [Refereed]
細野高啓, 山田千聡, 橋本美穂
日本水文科学会誌   47(2) 127-130   2017   [Refereed]
Geochemical processes controlling fluoride enrichment in groundwater at the western part of Kumamoto area, Japan.
Hossain, S., Hosono, T., Yang, H., Shimada, J.
Water, Air and Soil Pollution   114 104-109   2016   [Refereed]
Comparison of microbial communities inside and outside of a denitrification hotspot in confined groundwater.
Zeng, X., Hosono, T., Ohta, H., Niidome, T., Shimada, J., Morimura, S.
International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation   114 104-109   2016   [Refereed]
Lead isotope ratios in six lake sediments cores from Japan Archipelago: Historical record of trans-boundary pollution sources.
Hosono, T., Alvarez, K., Muwae, M.
Science of the Total Environment   559 24-37   2016   [Refereed]
Oxygen and nitrogen isotopic constraints to the origin of saltpetre in historic gunpowder prevailed during the 19th century in Japan.
Mizota, C., Hosono, T., Matsunaga, M., Yamanaka, T.
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports   6 547-556   2016   [Refereed]
Redox processes and occurrence of arsenic in a volcanic aquifer system of Kumamoto Area, Japan.
Hossain, S., Hosono, T., Ide, K., Matsunaga, M., Shimada, J.
Environmental Earth Sciences   75(9) 1-19   2016   [Refereed]


Distribution patterns of salinity and 222Rn in Yatsushiro Inland Sea, Kyushu, Japan.
Nikpeyman, Y., Ono, M., Hosono, T., Yang, H., Ichiyanagi, K., Shimada, J., Takikawa, K.
IAHS Publ   365 49-54   2014   [Refereed]
Multiple-use of stable isotope ratios to understand groundwater quality changes in Kumamoto area, southern Japan.
Hosono, T., Tokunaga, T., Tsushima, A., Kagabu, M., Nakata, H., Shimada, J.
IAHS Publ   361 257-264   2013   [Refereed]
Hydrochemical and isotopic characteristics of water resources in the Banana Plain (Mungo Division) Cameroon.
Ako, A.A., Shimada, J., Ichiyanagi, K., Koike, K., Hosono, T., Takem, G.E.E., Irwan, I.
XXXVIII IAH Congress. University of Silesia Press   375-383   2010   [Refereed]
Sulfate and strontium isotopic variations of groundwater in the Lower Central Plain, Thailand.
Hosono, T., Buapeng, S., Onodera, S., Yamanaka, T., Shimada, J., Nakano, T., Taniguch, M.
IAHS Publ   329 284-290   2009   [Refereed]
Cause of groundwater contamination in Jakarta alluvium volcanic fan deduced by sulfate and strontium isotope ratios.
Hosono, T., Delinom, R., Onodera, S., Umezawa, Y., Nakano, T., Taniguchi, M.
IAHS Publ   329 201-206   2009   [Refereed]
Effect of urbanization on the groundwater discharge into Jakarta Bay.
Umezawa, Y., Onodera, S., Ishitobi, T., Hosono, T., Delinom, R., Burnett, W.C., Taniguchi, M.
IAHS Publ   329 233-240   2009   [Refereed]
Evaluation of nitrate attenuation potential in the groundwater of Jakarta metropolitan area, Indonesia.
Saito, M., Onodera, S., Umezawa, Y., Hosono, T., Shimizu, Y., Delinom, R., Taniguchi, M.
IAHS Publ   329 305-310   2009   [Refereed]
Comparative study on water quality among Asian megacities based on major ion concentrations. In: From Headwaters to the Ocean: Hydrological Changes and Watershed Management (Taniguchi, M., Burnttt, W.C., Fukushima, Y., Haigh, M. Umezawa, Y. editors)
Hosono, T., Umezawa, Y., Onodera, S., Wang, C-H., Siringan, F., Buapeng, S., Delinom, R., Nakano, T., Taniguchi, M.
Taylor and Francis, London, UK   295-300   2009   [Refereed]

Books etc

陸水の表層循環と地層の形成 (新しい地球惑星科学, 西山忠男,吉田茂夫編)
松田博貴, 細野高啓 (Part:Contributor)
培風館   Jan 2019   
Sustainable groundwater management in context of climate change in northwest Bangladesh. (Achievements and challenges of integrated river basin management. Komatina, D. editor)
Rahman, A.T.M.S., Hosono, T., Mazumder, Q.H., Jahan, C.S. (Part:Contributor)
IntechOpen   2018   
地下水硝酸汚染の現状と自然浄化の実態 (持続可能な地下水利用に向けた挑戦, 嶋田純, 上野眞也編)
細野高啓, 森村 茂 (Part:Contributor)
成文堂   2016   
地下水中の天然由来ヒ素汚染の実態とその対応策の提案 (持続可能な地下水利用に向けた挑戦, 嶋田純, 上野眞也編)
河原正泰, 細野高啓 (Part:Contributor)
成文堂   2016   
細野高啓,Ako, A.A., Richard, A., 井手 淨
地下水学会誌   2015   
The NA (nitrate-arsenic) boundary as an important concept in aquatic environmental studies. (The Dilemma of Boundaries: Toward a New Concept of Catchment. Taniguchi, M., Shiraiwa, T. editors)
Hosono, T (Part:Contributor)
Springer-Verlag   2012   
ソウルの水環境(水環境と水環境問題) (アジアの都市と水環境 , 谷口真人, 金子慎治, 吉越昭久編)
細野高啓, 尹 昭苑, 梁 海根, 谷口智雅 (Part:Contributor)
古今書院   2011   
(アジア巨大都市, 谷口真人, 谷口智雅, 豊田知世編)
細野高啓 (Part:Contributor)
新泉社   2011   
台北の水環境(水環境と水環境問題)(アジアの都市と水環境, 水谷口真人, 金子慎治, 吉越昭久編)
細野高啓, 汪 中和 (Part:Contributor)
古今書院   2011   
鳥海山の地質と湧水 (鳥海山の水と暮らし~地域からのレポート, 秋道智彌編)
細野高啓 (Part:Contributor)
東北出版企画   2010   
Application of stable isotopes to watershed environmental diagnosis in agricultural irrigation areas. (Agricultural Irrigation Research Progress. Alonso, D., Iglesias, H.J. editors)
Hosono, T. (Part:Contributor)
Nova Science Publishers, Inc.   2008   
超背弧地域に産する比較的大規模な玄武岩類の成因:パタゴニア北部, ソムンクラ台地を例に
折橋裕二, 元木昭寿, Haller, M., CHRISTMASSY研究プロジェクト・火山班
月刊地球   2005   

Conference Activities & Talks

サントリー熊本地下水みらいプロジェクト公開シンポジウム「巨大地震が熊本の地下水環境に与えた影響の科学的解明」   Apr 2019   
細野高啓, トーフィク アハマッド, ゾーレ ネジャティジャロミ, 井手淨, 安元純, 岡村幸樹, 奥村梓
2018年度日本水文科学会   Oct 2018   
Tank model analysis of coseismic groundwater-level changes induced by 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.
Kagabu, M., Ide, K., Hosono, T., Nakagawa, K., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Coseismic change of groundwater quality after the Kumamoto earthquake using long-term public observation data.
Masaki, Y., Shimada, J., Hosono, T.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Changes in groundwater flow estimated by repeated measurements of subsurface temperature in the Kumamoto area, Japan: Effects of 2016 Kumamoto earthquake.
Miyakoshi, A., Taniguchi, M., Ide, K., Kagabu, M., Hosono, T., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Numerical modeling study on reproducing groundwater level change caused by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.
Tawara, Y., Fukuoka, Y., Yoshida, T., Hosono, T., Rahman, S., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Scientific Research Project on the effect of 2016 Kumamoto earthquake to the local hydro-logical system including groundwater.
Shimada, J., Hosono, T., Nakagawa, K.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Fully Coupled Surface and Subsurface Flow Simulation with Model Validation Using Stable Isotopes and Tracer of Kumamoto Region in Japan.
Sakiur Rahman, A.T.M., Hosono, T., Tawara, Y., Boateng, D., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
安元純, 野崎真司, 中屋眞司, 益田晴恵, 細野 高啓, 土岐知弘, 新城竜一
2018年度日本地球化学会年会   Sep 2018   
杉本直人, 先山正祐, 細野 高啓, 谷水雅治
2018年度日本地球化学会年会   Sep 2018   
Deciphering downward movement of nitrate through volcanic unsaturated formation using high composition δ15N and δ18O tracers.
Boateng, D., Hosono, T., Okumura, A., Sakiur Rahman, A.T.M., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Coseismic groundwater level change after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake
Hosono, T., Yamada, C., Shibata, T., Tawara, Y., Shimada, J.
45th IAH Congress   Sep 2018   
Seasonal variations of dissolved Ge:Si ratios in streams from the Aso caldera, Kyushu, Japan.
Gaspard, F., Opfergelt, S., Hartmann, J., Hosono, T., Delmelle, P.
Goldschmidt 2018   Aug 2018   
細野 高啓, 山田 千聡, 柴田 智郎, 田原 康博, 嶋田 純
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
宮越 昭暢, 谷口 真人, 井手 淨, 奥村 梓, 利部 慎, 細野高啓, 嶋田 純
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
田原 康博, 吉田 堯史, 福岡 庸一, 細野 高啓, 嶋田 純
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
正木 結香子, 細野 高啓, 嶋田 純
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
岡村 幸樹, 細野 高啓
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
川端 訓代, 細野 高啓, 佐藤 努, 高橋 浩, 高橋正明, 井手 淨, 北村有迅, 小泉尚嗣, 深水 慶介
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   
井手 淨, 深水 慶介, 徳永 貴大, 利部 慎, 細野高啓, 嶋田 純
日本地球惑星科学連合2018年大会   May 2018   


Groundwater environmental change due to 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake
Evaluation for trans-boundary atmospheric pollution in Japan archipelago using sediment core from mountain lakes and rain water network samples
Study for chemical weathering process in watershed surface environments evaluating its CO2 buffering availability
Elucidating transportation rates and behaviors of water and materials in unsaturated zone
Investigation for residence time and hydrochemical evolutions of spring and groundwater
Study for groundwater nitrate pollution using multi-isotope (H, B, C, N, O, S, Sr) and computer simulation
Biogeochemical study for groundwater arsenic pollution
Understanding the volume and distributions of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)
Assessment of river water quality using geochemical tools
Reconstruction of heavy metal pollution history in Asian megacities using costal sediment
Geochemical characterization of fluids from magmatic, geothermal, and deep crustal origins
Mineral Resources
Cultural Property Science

Research Grants & Projects

Project Year: 2018 - 2020
Project Year: 2017 - 2020    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2017 - 2019    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2017 - 2019    Investigator(s): 谷水 雅治
Project Year: 2018       Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2018       Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2014 - 2017    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2012 - 2017    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2017       Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2016 - 2016    Investigator(s): 中田 晴彦
Project Year: 2014 - 2016    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2016       Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2011 - 2015
Project Year: 2010 - 2015    Investigator(s): 嶋田 純
Project Year: 2015       Investigator(s): 嶋田 純
Project Year: 2010 - 2014    Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2010 - 2014
人間文化研究機構(連携研究) (協力者)
Project Year: 2010 - 2014
Project Year: 2014       Investigator(s): HOSONO Takahiro
Project Year: 2014       Investigator(s): 嶋田 純

Social Contribution

[Media coverage cooperation]  熊本日日新聞朝刊  17 May 2019
[Media coverage cooperation]  熊本日日新聞朝刊  14 Apr 2019
[Media coverage cooperation]  西日本新聞朝刊  10 Apr 2019
[Media coverage cooperation]  熊本日日新聞朝刊  7 Apr 2019
「Anthropogenic, trans-boundary lead pollution in Japanese lakes」
[Media coverage cooperation]  国際プレリリース  11 Sep 2016
「ヒューマン・ラボ 知的冒険の旅熊大ラジオ公開授業」
[TV or radio appearance]  FMクマモト  24 Nov 2014
[Media coverage cooperation]  Nov 2012
[Media coverage cooperation]  朝日新聞  19 Nov 2008
[Media coverage cooperation]  朝日新聞  29 Oct 2008