Environment Monitoring and Modeling Group



2017/07/19. A new member joined in our group as a technical assistant.


Mission of our group is "monitoring and modeling of earth system toward better prediction of our future earth." Our approach is to integrate and synthesize of available data and models to understand earth system in more comprehensive ways. Our main target is 'terrestrial biosphere' from regional to global scales. We use network of ground observation (e.g. FLUXNET, AsiaFlux), remote sensing data, numerial models (terrestrial ecosystem models), and atmospheric observations.


Terrestrial Biosphere, Remote Sensing, Model, AsiaFlux, Model-Data Integration, Synthesis, Carbon Cycle, Water Cycle, Machine Learning.

For perspective students, researchers


We welcome undergraduate, master, and PhD students. In our group, we will help students to (a) learn computer programming skills for data analysis, (b) conduct high-level research, (c) present results in both domestic and international conferences, and (d) write scientific papers to high-level journals. My ultimate goals to students are (a) to have high-level data analysis experience - can be applicable to other field -, (b) to get skills to find and solve problems, (c) to grow up next-generation leader in the research field. We believe researches in our group is tough, however, your experiences in our group will be irreplaceable and precious for your future.

本グループでは学生さんの加入を歓迎します。データ解析のアルバイトも歓迎します。本研究室では、様々なデータ・モデルを扱うデータ解析技術を身に着け、それらを用いて新たな研究を進めることにより、次世代のリモートセンシング分野をリードする研究者や技術者の養成を目指しています。大規模衛星データの利用、数値モデルとの統合解析などに主眼を当てて研究をし、地域~グローバルまでの様々な空間スケールを扱います。また、国内・海外問わず様々な研究グループとの共同研究も推進しています。代表的な共同研究の相手としては、国内では、海洋研究開発機構(JAMSTEC)・国立環境研究所・大阪府立大学など、国外では、ソウル大学・NASA Ames研究所(USA)・Max Planck研究所(ドイツ)などがあります。


We welcome postdocs etc. Unfortunately, we don't have any available position right now. However, we can support JSPS postdoc fellow. Please let me (Ichii) know if you have interests in submission of the applications.


Kazuhito Ichii (Professor) (教授 市井和仁)

Masayuki Kondo (Assistant Professor) (特任助教 近藤雅征)

Ayane Kosugo (Technical Assistant) (技術補佐員 小菅生文音)

Research Topics

Data-driven estimation of terrestrial CO2 fluxes (Ichii et al., 2017; Kondo et al. 2015; Ueyama et al. 2013, 2014; Saigusa et al. 2010; Ichii et al., 2009 etc.)

Detection of environmental hotspot regions using RS data; Fukushima, Asia, China, Indonesia etc. (Sekizawa et al. 2015; Ichii et al. 2017 etc.)

Model-Data Intercomparison toward better understandings of terrestrial carbon and water cycles (Ichii et al. 2013; Ichii et al. 2010; Ichii et al. 2013)

Refinement of terrestrial ecosystem model using satellite-data (Ichii et al. 2009; Ichii et al. 2008; Ichii et al. 2007; Suzuki and Ichii, 2010)

Detection of terrestrial vegetation changes using time-series RS data (Ichii et al. 2013; Ichii et al. 2002; Kawabata et al. 2001)

Recent Publications (2017-current)

For full publication list, please check K. Ichii's personal web.

Zscheischler J., M.D. Mahecha, V. Avitabile, L. Calle, N. Carvalhais, P. Ciais, F. Gans, N. Gruber, J. Hartmann, M. Herold, K. Ichii, M. Jung, P. Landschützer,G.G. Laruelle, R. Lauerwald, D. Papale, P. Peylin, B. Poulter, D. Ray, P. Regnier, C. Rödenbeck, R.M. Roman-Cuesta, C. Schwalm, G. Tramontana, A.T. Tyukavina, R. Valentini, G. van der Werf, T.O. West, J.E. Wolf, M. Reichstein (2017) An empirical spatiotemporal description of the global surface-atmosphere carbon fluxes: opportunities and data limitations, Biogeosciences, 14, 3685-3703, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3685-2017.

Koirala S., M. Jung, M. Reichstein, I.E.M. de Graaf, G. Camps-Valls, K. Ichii, D. Papale, B. Raduly, C.R. 5 Schwalm, G. Tramontana, and N. Carvalhais (2017) Global distribution of groundwater-1 vegetation spatial covariation. Geophysical Research Letters. 44, 4134–4142, doi:10.1002/2017GL072885.

Ichii K., M. Ueyama, M. Kondo, N. Saigusa, J. Kim, Ma. C. Alberto, J. Ardö, E.S. Euskirchen, M. Kang, T. Hirano, J. Joiner, H. Kobayashi, L. B. Marchesini, L. Merbold, A. Miyata, T.M. Saitoh, K. Takagi, A. Varlagin, M. S. Bret-Harte, K. Kitamura, Y. Kosugi, A. Kotani, K. Kumar, S.-G. Li, T. Machimura, Y. Matsuura, Y. Mizoguchi, T. Ohta, S. Mukherjee, Y. Yanagi, Y. Yasuda, Y. Zhang, F. Zhao (2017) New data-driven estimation of terrestrial CO2 fluxes in Asia using a standardized database of eddy covariance measurements, remote sensing data, and support vector regression. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences. 122, 767–795, doi:10.1002/2016JG003640.

Jung M., M. Reichstein, C.R. Schwalm, C. Huntingford, S. Sitch, A. Ahlström, A. Arneth, G. Camps-Valls, P. Ciais, P. Friedlingstein, F. Gans, K. Ichii, A.K. Jain, E. Kato, D. Papale, B. Poulter, B. Raduly, C. Rödenbeck, G. Tramontana, N. Viovy, Y.-P. Wang, U. Weber, S. Zaehle and N. Zeng (2017) Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature20780.

Kondo M., T.M. Saitoh, H. Sato, K. Ichii (2017) Comprehensive synthesis of spatial variability in carbon flux across monsoon Asian forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 232, 623–634, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.10.020.

Presentations (Talks, Posters)

ICDC 10th (Aug 2017, Interlaken, Switzerland)

Kondo M., K. Ichii, P. Patra, J.G. Canadell, B. Poulter, S. Sitch, L. Calle, T. Saeki (2017) Decadal carbon balance shifts controlled by land use change and ENSO in Southeast Asia, ICDC10, Interlaken, Switzerland. (Oral) (Aug 24, 2017)

Ichii K., M. Ueyama, M. Kondo, N. Saigusa (2017) A new data-driven estimation of terrestrial CO2 fluxes in Asia using a standardized database of eddy covariance measurements, remote sensing data, and support vector regression. ICDC10, Interlaken, Switzerland. (Poster) (Aug 21, 2017)

AsiaFlux Workshop 2017 (Aug 2017, Beijing)

Kondo M., K. Ichii, T.M. Saitoh, N. Saigusa (2017) Toward integrated understanding of spatial variability in Asian carbon fluxes using AsiaFlux network and AsiaMIP datasets. AsiaFlux Workshop 2017, Beijing, China (Oral). (Aug 17, 2017)

Saigusa et al. (2017) Detecting carbon cycle change using an integrated observation, modeling and analysis system. AsiaFlux Workshop 2017, Beijing, China (Oral). (Aug 17, 2017)

Kang M. K. Ichii, J. Kim, Y.M. Indrawati (2017) New gap filling strategies for long-period flux data gaps using data-driven approach. AsiaFlux Workshop 2017, Beijing, China (Oral). (Aug 18, 2017)

AOGS 2017 Meeting (Aug 2017, Singapore)

Kondo M., P.K. Patra, S. Sitch, K. Ichii, T. Saeki (2017) Current Status Of Global And Regional Carbon Budgets: A Synthesis Analysis Of Multiple Estimations Including Top-down And Bottom-up Approaches, AOGS 14th Annual Meeting, Singapore, (BG01-02-A003). (Oral) (Aug 10, 2017)

Ichii K., M. Jung, G. Tramontana, G. Camps-Valls, C. Schwalm, M. Kondo, D. Papale, M. Reichstein, U. Weber, Y. Yanagi (2017) FLUXCOM Remote Sensing Data Based CO2 Flux Products: Overview And Synthesis, AOGS 14th Annual Meeting, Singapore (BG01-02-A005). (Oral) (Aug 10, 2017)

Ichii K., S. Kano, Y. Yoshida, K. Nishimura, N. Furuhashi, P.K. Patra (2017) Satellite-based Monitoring Of Biomass Burning Across Tropical Southeast Asia In 2015 El Nino Year, AOGS 14th Annual Meeting, Singapore (BG06-07-A007) (Oral) (Aug 10, 2017)

IGARSS 2017 (July 2017, USA)

Ichii K., W. Yang, H. Kobayashi, Y. Yanagi, H. Takayama, T. Hajima, M. Abe, K. Tachiiri (2017) Development and application of GCOM-C LAI and GPP/NPP research products. 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Fort Worth, TX, USA. (Oral) (Jul 28, 2017)

FLUXNET2017 Conference (June 2017, Berkeley, USA)

Ichii K. (2017) AsiaFlux updates. FLUXNET conference 2017. Berkeley, USA (2017.06.07). (oral)

International Workshop on Vegetation Lidar and Application from Space 2017 (May 25, 2017, Chiba, Japan)

Ichii K. (2017) Potential application of MOLI data into terrestrial carbon cycle modeling. International Workshop on Vegetation Lidar and Application from Space 2017, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan. (2017.05.25) (oral)

JpGU 2017 Meeting (May 2017, Chiba, Japan)

Kano S., K. Ichii, K. Nishimura, Y. Yoshida, N. Furuhashi, P. Patra (2017) Satellite-based monitoring of extreme biomass burning across Southeast Asia in 2015 El Nino year. May 23, 2017, AAS04-13, 13:45-14:00. (oral)

Ichii et al. (2017) FLUXCOM remote sensing data based CO2 flux products: overview and synthesis. May 23, 2017, AAS04-17, 14:45-15:00. (oral)

FLUXCOM Workshop (May 2017, Jena, Germany)

Ichii K. (2017) FLUXCOM CO2 fluxes overview synthesis: comparison with data-driven, model-based estimates. FLUXCOM Workshop 2017, Max Planck Instutite for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. (2017.05.18) (oral)

Ongoing Projects

環境省推進費 (H29-H31) 分担者

GCOM-C1 SGLI: Development of GPP/NPP algorithm

GCOM-C1 SGLI: Application of GCOM-C data to Earth System Models.


AsiaFlux Steering Committee Member, Japanflux vice-chair

IPBES Chapter 2 Global Assessment: Coordinated Lead Author (CLA)


Aug 14, 2017 Kazuhito Ichii