The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Takeshi Ise, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Simulation Studies, University of Hyogo

The quantification and forecasting of forest ecosystem services using computer analysis—the creation of an objective value scale for forest ecosystems and biodiversity conservation—

Research grant

Project Description

This project will form the basis for effective programs to increase societal awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and the protection of biodiversity, and will create an objective and quantitative value scale for forest ecosystem services. In particular, to quantitatively assess not only the diversity of species but also the diversity of ecosystems including the environments in which species exist, we will simulate forest environments in tropical, temperate and cold-weather zones. We will make forecasts and make recommendations to the public by showing the impacts of peoples' judgments on environments of the future.

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsEnergy problemPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2010 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2011 - March 2014
Grant amount
4,345,520 yen
Activity region
Chugoku mountains, Mount Rokko, Awaji Island, Shikoku mountains, Alaska
The beech trees of the uplands near the summit of Mount Rokko are threatened with extinction due to global warming

Overview of the Organization

Takeshi Ise, Associate Professor
Takeshi Ise, Associate Professor
Specialist fields
Ecology, climate change, environmental science
Affiliated academic societies
The Ecological Society of Japan, The Ecological Society of America
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Wyoming, May 2002; Ph.D. in Biology, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, January 2008; Appointed Researcher, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) (February 2008 to March 2011); Associate Professor, University of Hyogo (current position), April 2011
WEB site
Tetsuya Sato, Professor, University of Hyogo; Hisashi Satou, Associate Professor, University of Nagoya
Research record
Recent major research papers
  • (1) Ise T, LITTON CM, GIARDINA CP, Ito A (2010) Comparison of modeling approaches for carbon partitioning: Impact on estimates of global net primary production and equilibrium biomass of woody vegetation from MODIS GPP, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.
  • (2) ISE T, DUNN AL, WOFSY SC, MOORCROFT PR (2008) High sensitivity of peat decomposition to climate change through water-table feedback, Nature Geoscience, 1, 763-766.
  • (3) Ise T, Sato H (2008) Representing subgrid-scale edaphic heterogeneity in a large-scale ecosystem model: A case study in the circumpolar boreal regions, Geophysical Research Letters 35, L20407, doi:10.1029/2008GL035701.