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Alternative names
LAI Junming (used in Chinese regions)
Jimmy Lai
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research
Job title
Executive Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D(The University of Tokyo (1996))
Other affiliation
Nagoya UniversityEast China Normal University


Toshiaki ICHINOSE is an Executive Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan, and a Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University. With an academic background in Geography and Civil Engineering, he is interested in various aspects of Urban Environment Systems, ranging from urban climatology, energy systems and GIS to their application in urban planning. In particular, he has performed many relevant field surveys in China and other Asian countries. He has authored many related publications including Counteracting Urban Heat Islands in Japan (Elsevier “Urban Energy Transition,” 2008). He has served as a board member of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and a member of the WMO Expert Team on Training on Urban Climatology. His main on-going research topic is Strategic Urban Planning and Assessment of Low-Carbon Cities.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jul 2008
Executive Senior Research Scientist, Social and Environmental Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies
May 2008
Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Dec 2001
Advisory Professor, Dept. of Geography, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Apr 2012
Mar 2015
Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Apr 2006
Jun 2008
Senior Research Scientist, Social and Environmental Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies


Apr 1987
Mar 1989
Dept. of Urban Engineering, Graduate School, Division of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1985
Mar 1987
Dept. of Geography, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo

Committee Memberships

The Association of Japanese Geographers  Planning Committee
UNEP.RRC.AP/CAN, Head of Northeast Asia
Architectural Institute of Japan  Subcommittee on Heat Island
President, UCN (Urban Climatology Network)
Society of Environmental Science, Japan  Editorial Committee

Awards & Honors

Sep 2016
Academic Prize in 2016, Society of Environmental Science, Japan (SESJ)
Oct 2014
The Award in Recognition of OVER TWO DECADES OF CONTINUOUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATION OF UHI COUNTERMEASURES, Third International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island
Winner: The Japanese Delegation (incl. Toshiaki Ichinose)
Sep 2014
Prize for Paper in 2014, Society of Environmental Science, Japan (SESJ)
Winner: ICHINOSE Toshiaki et al.
Oct 2007
Prize for Presentation on Environmental Systems in 2006, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)
Sep 2006
Prize for Paper in 2006, Society of Environmental Science, Japan (SESJ)

Published Papers

Modelling the Relationship between the Urban Development and Subsurface Warming in Seven Asian Megacities
Ichinose, T.
Sustainable Cities and Society (accepted)      2018   [Refereed]
The author used a mesoscale climate model, CSU-MM and digital land-use data from seven Asian megacities to simulate ground surface temperature (Tsfc) related to urbanization for three discrete years of the 20th century. The variability Tsfc of was...
Ichinose, T. and K. Liu
International Journal of Social Science Studies   5(10) 43-51   Oct 2017   [Refereed]
To evaluate vulnerability of cereal transportation and stocks estimated from the land use and supply-demand on cereal in China, two types of numerical models (Non-market type and Market type) were developed and applied to this topic. Input data we...
Liu, K. and T. Ichinose
International Journal of Social Science Studies   5(9) 42-56   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
This study analyzed new residential property values of Xi’an City in March, 2014. Results show that accessibility indices, such as distance to CBD, have been well capitalized into the residential property values. Particularly, a within-zone housin...
Ichinose, T. and H. Kawahara
Sustainable Cities and Society   32 235-246   Jul 2017   [Refereed]
In relation to established plans of district heat supply facilities that make effective reuse of heat obtained from sewage, we developed GIS software to perform analyses of the spatial congruence between heat demand and the use of waste heat in he...
Ichinose, T., L. Lei, Y. Lin
Energy and Buildings   136 199-210   Feb 2017   [Refereed]
The authors studied five major municipalities (Shanghai, Wuhan, Changsha, Chengdu and Chongqing) in China's hot summer and cold winter zone, using eQUEST to perform numerical simulations of the effects of shading by nearby residences on electricit...

Books etc

Low carbon cities - transforming urban systems
Yoshida, Y., T. Ichinose (Part:Contributor, Energy reduction using natural ventilation in city planning)
Earthscan   Oct 2014   
Energizing Sustainable Cities
Schulz, N.B., A. Grubler, T. Ichinose (Part:Contributor, Energy demand and air pollution densities, including heat island effects)
Earthscan from Routledge   2013   
The Global Energy Assessment
Grübler, A., X. Bai, T. Buettner, S. Dhakal, D.J. Fisk, T. Ichinose, J. Keirstead, G. Sammer, D. Satterthwaite, N.B. Schulz, N. Shah, J. Steinberger, H. Weisz (Part:Contributor, Urban Energy Systems)
Cambridge University Press   2012   ISBN:9780521182935
More than 50% of the global population already lives in urban settlements and urban areas are projected to absorb almost all the global population growth to 2050, amounting to some additional three billion people. Over the next decades the increas...
ICUC-7 Urban Climate Special Issue
Roth, M., R. Emmanuel, T. Ichinose, J. Salmond (Part:Editor)
International Journal of Climatology, 31(2)   Feb 2011   
Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network
Blake, R., A. Grimm, T. Ichinose, R. Horton, S. Gaffin, J. Shu, D. Bader, C. DeWayne (Part:Contributor, Urban climate: Processes, trends, and projections)
Cambridge University Press   2011   

Conference Activities & Talks

A development of mobile monitoring system for urban climatology
4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island   Jun 2016   
The improvement of outdoor thermal-wind environment and indoor energy consumption by the harmony of the shape and the material of building for designing the block scale of the city
ICUC9   Jul 2015   
Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in landslide disaster places - Focusing on activities of the Tokyo Metropolitan University [Invited]
e-ASIA JRP International Workshop on Intelligent Infrastructure   Dec 2014   
Recent Progress of Urban Climatology in Japan
7th Japanese-German Meeting on Urban Climatology   Oct 2014   
Impacts of Shading Effect from Nearby Buildings on Heating and Cooling Energy Consumption in Hot Summer and Cold Winter Zone of China
ICUE2014   Mar 2014   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

The improvement of outdoor thermal-wind environment and indoor energy consumption by the harmony of the shape and the material of building for designing the block scale of the city
JSPS: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Ichinose, T.
A research on a new monitoring system of urban environment with an applied mobile technology
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2013    Investigator(s): Ichinose, T.
Development of water demand and trade models for a global water resources model and their application to long term scenario analyses
NIES, Japan: The Other Research Programs
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Mar 2012    Investigator(s): Hibiki, A.
Development for the method of thermal environment map
Ordinary Research
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Mar 2011    Investigator(s): Hamada, T.
Interaction between mountain wind system and urban heat island
Realization of urban development considering urban thermal environment based on Klimaatlas in China
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2008 - Mar 2011    Investigator(s): Ichinose, T.


特開平9-166956 : Urban Metabolism Simulation System (UMSS)
Kawahara, H., T. Matsuo, K. Hanaki, T. Ichinose