Field Seminar on Environmental Studies  (3400003)
Common Subjects, G30 Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Interdisciplinary Subject
Instructor  :  Professor YAMAGUCHI, Yasushi
Professor NISHIZAWA, Yasuhiko
Professor OSADA, Kazuo
Associate Professor HIRANO, Yasuhiro
Associate Professor NAKANO, Makiko
Associate Professor NAKADA, Minoru
Assistant Professor MIYASAKA, Takafumi
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Spring
Class schedule  :  Wed.   5th
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 1/Environmental Studies Hall
This course aims that students will acquire capabilities to understand a wide range of study fields related to environment. In this course, students will study various environmental issues, which occur in and around Nagoya. The goal of this course is that students will obtain capabilities to investigate an environmental problem from a variety of viewpoints, and to discuss with people with different backgrounds.
The guidance scheduled on April 15 was cancelled. Please check the message on NUCT for the schedule of this class.

In this class, we discuss situations, causes, prospects and solutions of the following three themes related to environmental problems in and around Nagoya. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be able to visit the field sites.

Study subjects for each theme will be listed by the faculty members. Students are requested to study an assigned subject and to submit a report on the subject by due date. It is also planned that students will revise their reports and/or discuss online after reading reports of the other students.

(1) Environmental problems and natural disasters in western part of the Noubi Plain
Western part of the Noubi Plain includes the deltaic estuarine region of the Kiso Three Rivers, where agricultural lands and residential areas are distributed below the sea level and floods have occurred periodically. The Nagaragawa River Mouth Dam was constructed in this area, and the Fujimae Mud Flat has been preserved as a registered wetland under the Ramsar Convention. Considering the history and current situations, we will discuss the relation between nature and human activities in this area.

(2) Creating renewable society and economy: issues and measures in private companies
Energy supply and waste treatment are indispensable for our social and economic activities. The students will study LNG thermal power generation, solar power generation, and waste power generation in Chubu region to consider energy supply including understanding the difference of opinions among a company who owns transmission system and new entrants. The students will study melting treatment and recycling facilities to consider waste treatment in Chubu region.

(3) Problems of natural and urban environment in central areas of Nagoya megacity
We will discuss whole of above problems, especially relations between topography, water systems, green spaces and urban areas, atmospheric environment (such as atmospheric aerosol particles and CO2), existing urban infrastructure and buildings.
Grading Criteria
Reports (25% x 3 = 75%) and discussion (25%).
Course Textbook
Materials related to each theme will be informed if needed.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Environmental Studies Research Source Book, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Fujiwara Shoten
Questions after class will be accepted by e-mail.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Partially in English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s) / 052-788-6049 / Room 725 of Environmental Studies Hall