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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 Fusion Study of Geography and Environmental Engineering (IntechOpen “Spatial Analysis, Modelling and Planning” 2018). 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. Tsukuba Science Education Meister No. 6.

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

Awards & Honors

Jun 2018
Tsukuba Science Education Meister, Tsukuba City
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)

Published Papers

Ichinose, T., K. Liu, A. Onishi, F. Shi
Sustainability   11    Jul 2019   [Refereed]
The research purpose of this study is to uncover the grouping of water supply-and-demand structure in the Yellow River Basin (YRB) of China, focusing on the balance between groundwater and surface water. Comparing structure of water usage and stru...
Ichinose, T. and K. Liu
Journal of Art and Design   7 1-15   May 2019   [Refereed][Invited]
In recent years, the fundamental term in the climate change debate has shifted from mitigation to adaptation. Reducing the sources or enhancing the sinks of greenhouse gases should not be the only anthropogenic intervention for human beings. Schol...
Ichinose, T. and K. Liu
Sustainable Cities and Society   38 560-570   Apr 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...


Ichinose, T.
Network Industries Quarterly   17(2) 21-25   2015   [Invited]
This article investigates the climate change problems in Tokyo and the governance challenges for addressing these problems. Based on the discussed facts and figures, the article addresses measures necessary to combat climate change problems in Tok...

Books etc

Special Issue "Urban Climate: Strategic Planning"
Ichinose, T. (Part:Editor)
Climate, 7   Sep 2019   
Spatial Analysis, Modelling and Planning
Ichinose, T. (Part:Contributor, Fusion study of geography and environmental engineering)
IntechOpen   Nov 2018   ISBN:DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.78574
The author focuses on urban area and shows case studies on urban energy planning and urban climate induced by concentrated human activities like energy use based on geographic information like land use data and numerical climate model linked to GI...
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...

Conference Activities & Talks

Design of District Sewage Heat Supply with Geographic Information System
ICUE2018   25 Oct 2018   Asian Institute of Technology
Mapping of Research and Policy Concerning Climate Change and Cities in Asia [Invited]
IACSC Workshop on Research Cooperation 2018 for Mitigation and Adaptation Measures to Build Climate Resilient Cities in Asia   5 Mar 2018   Yokohama City University
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   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Portable environmental monitoring of climatic environment and human physiological responses by mobile sensors
JSPS: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Ichinose, T.
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


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