Landscape Ecology and Planning Laboratory
Department of Ecosystem Studies,
Graduate School of Agricultural & Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Our recent publications.

Prof. Dr. Toshiya Okuro

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shizuka Hashimoto

Project Reserchar Dr. Huang Wanhui

JSPS post-doctoral fellow Dr. Gowhar Meraj


Urban Green Space


Landscape Ecology and Planning Laboratory at The University of Tokyo aims to make effective proposal on environmental planning. In order to make a proposal, we try to clarify environmental phenomena with scientific methods.

The term “environment” is used more frequently to describe environment in wide range in several scales from global to local level. Depending to it, our research focus and approach varies remarkably. We apply engineering, natural scientific, or social scientific methods to analyze a variety of environmental phenomena.

We are carrying out some overseas projects focusing on environmental land classification and environmental change inventory in eastern Asia. Specifically, continuous case studies are carried out in desertification area in China, humid-tropical areas in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Domestic projects are focused on national land planning proposal in order to promote harmonious human living with natural environment. Theoretical study on relationship of distribution and connectivity of natural area with ecosystem and it’s application, development of eco-technology to construct circulation system are carried out.

Landscape ecology and planning requires application of knowledge from associated fields, such as natural geography, ecology, urban planning, aesthetic theory, and so on. It also requires application of statistic technologies, such as GIS and remote sensing for spatial analysis.

Our final objective is to bring our research results into practical environmental planning. In this point, our field is specific from many other associated academic fields. Therefore, students aiming to take part in the field are required to have firm technical knowledge, constant interest in related issues, and ability of integrative thinking.

Into the new century, internationalization and globalization is furthermore notable. “Economy” had been the biggest interest of people and therefore considered to be the key to bring the world together so far, but we believe “environment” is going to take place. We welcome students who share the view and aim to deal with environmental issues with passion.

Contact address:

Toshiya Okuro
aokurot [at]

Shizuka Hashimoto
ahash [at]