The Nadaoka Laboratory


Research Fields:

1) Field techniques for environmental monitoring and assessment
2) Environmental simulation (e.g. Hydrodynamics/hydrologic modelling)
3) Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for environmental applications
4) Environmental genomics (e.g. for reef-connectivity studies)

Recent Research Topics:

1) Conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems comprising of coral reefs, seagrass beds, tidal flats, mangrove forests and their surroundings

2) Quantitative analysis and prediction of environmental loads like sediment and nutrient discharge from a watershed to adjacent coastal areas

3) Deployment of numerical simulation models for waves, currents, and substance and heat transport to analyze physical environments of coastal waters and reef connectivity based on long-distance larval transport

4) Development and application of remote sensing methods and GIS techniques to monitor coastal environments and reveal inter-relationship of environmental parameters

5) Development of molecular identification system of crown-of thorns starfish (COTS) larvae for revealing larval dispersal and genetic population analysis of COTS

6) Establishing a decision support systems for integrated coastal zone management based on comprehensive and quantitative monitoring and prediction models

Information on Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available for undertaking graduate studies here at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (and in Japan in general). Applications can be through the Embassy of Japan in your home country or through the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). Please visit
for more details.

A. International Graduate Program
Tokyo Tech has launched an International Graduate Program on October 1, 2007. It aims to offer overseas students an opportunity to enroll directly in the Master’s or Doctoral programs at Tokyo Tech to qualified students with little or no knowledge of Japanese to pursue a full-degree program of advanced studies in Japan. Please visit

B. Application through the Embassy of Japan
Applications for the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship can also be made through the Japanese embassy in your respective home countries. For more information, please visit the website of the Japanese embassy in your country. Here are some of the links to MEXT scholarship details given by the Japanese embassy in selected countries:

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