Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and Planning

Brief Lab Introduction

eco_01We aim 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.

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

More details at our lab. website


  • Toshiya Okuro (Professor)
  • Shizuka Hashimoto (Associate Professor)

Research Subjects

  • Proposal for sustainable national land planning
  • Relationship of distribution and connectivity of natural area with ecosystem functions
  • Conservation and Restoration of ‘satoyama’ ecosystem and landscape
  • Integrated urban-rural planning in Asian mega-cities
  • Establishment of environmental management planning in humid tropics
  • Monitoring of environmental changes in desertification area