International Climate Change Symposium

◆ Title
International Climate Change Symposium
“Responses to Climate Change and Future Society-Challenges to Adaptation and Mitigation Research

◆ Overview
 Impacts of climate change has been intensified around the world, and acceleration of climate change responses is crucial to the sustainability of society. In this symposium, eminent researchers are invited to discuss the latest understanding of the climate change issues and implications of climate change responses to the future society. The symposium will be hybrid in person and online.
10:00-17:00 Japan Standard Time (UTC+9), Wednesday, October 18, 2023
 Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S-18 Project, SII-11 Project, The University of Tokyo Center for Climate Solutions (UTCCS), Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo (IFI)
1. Location for on-site participants: Ito International Research Center, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (the first 300 applicants)


2. Online: Zoom Webinar (up to 500 participants)
Registration is required from the following links. Note that the morning poster session is limited to on-site participants.


1. Poster session for research exchange
 10:00-12:00 Free for onsight participants (Event Space, Ito International Research Center)
2. International Climate Change Symposium (Simultaneous translation available)
 Moderator: Akito Murayama (The University of Tokyo)
 13:00 Opening Address and Introduction        Nobuo Mimura (Ibaraki University; S-18 project leader)
 13:15 Keynote lecture “Climate policies: a plea for timely and ambitious action”
           Hans-Otto Pörtner (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany; IPCC AR6 WGII Co-chair)
 13:50 Session 1: Impacts, Risks and Vulnerability and Effectiveness of Responses
    ”Climate change impacts and adaptation policy in the urban context: From IPCC AR6 to AR7
        Winston Chow (Singapore Management University, Singapore, IPCC AR7 WGII Co-chair)
    ”Total economic costs of climate change including non-market values”
                         Taikan Oki (The University of Tokyo; Director UTCCS)
    ”Evaluation of adaptation and mitigation to flooding in Japan”
                                So Kazama (Tohoku University, Japan)
    ”Comprehensive assessment of climate change risks for local livelihoods and challenges of adaptation”
                                  Kiyo Kurisu (The University of Tokyo)
      Panel discussion Coordinator
     Toshihiro Hasegawa (Executive Researcher, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)
 15:20 Coffee Break
 15:30 Session 2: “Integrated solutions for the future society”
    ”Global Estimation of the Synergies and Trade-offs among Climate Policies and SDGs in terms of Water Sector”
                         Yukiko Hirabayashi (Shibaura Institute of Technology)
    ”Climate change and the society in harmony with nature”
            Hiroya Yamano (Biodiversity Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies)
    ”Current Social Problems in Japan and Comprehensive Adaptation Approach
                                     Akira Hibiki (Tohoku University)
    ”Future of local community in Anthropocene”
                        Kensuke Fukushi (Director IFI, The University of Tokyo)
     Panel discussion Coordinator        Masahiro Sugiyama (IFI, The University of Tokyo)
 17:00 Closing

◆Introduction of Speakers New!

General moderator

村山 顕人

Akito Murayama

Associate Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Murayama’s research areas are urban planning (land use planning and urban development), urban design as public policy and planning methodology. He is currently working on the research projects on “Projection of Climate Change Impacts on Local Land Use/Urban Environment and Consideration of Policies for Sustainable Regeneration” and “Development and Implementation of Participatory Urban Design Methodology for Introducing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Measures”.

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Opening speech and announcement of objectives of the symposium

三村 信男

Nobuo Mimura

Specially Appointed Professor, Global and Local Environment Co-creation Institute, Ibaraki University

Prof. Mimura’s research areas are global environmental engineering and coastal engineering. He has served to the IPCC second to sixth assessment reports as lead author, coordinating lead author and review editor. He was the President of Ibaraki University for 2014 to 2020, and currently leading a strategic research project “Comprehensive Research on Projection of Climate Change Impacts and Evaluation of Adaptation” funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency.

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Keynote lecture

Hans-Otto Pörtner

IPCC Co-Chair Working Group II, Sixth Assessment Cycle Professor, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Integrative Ecophysiology Professor, University of Bremen

Prof. Pörtner’s research areas are polar sciences and animal ecophysiology. His research efforts focus on linking biogeography and ecosystem functioning to molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms shaping organism tolerance and performance. After his earlier contributions as Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author to the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Cycles, Professor Pörtner served as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II for the Sixth Assessment Report. He contributed to bridging between Biodiversity and Climate Change and to communicate key IPCC scientific messages to policymakers.

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Dr Winston Tseon Loong Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University

Associate Prof. Winston Chow obtained a Ph.D. from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University. He is tenured at Singapore Management University as Associate Professor, and as a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow. Dr Chow has been elected to Co-Chair of the WGII for the IPCC Seventh Assessment Cycle. His main research focuses on urban climate change risk and vulnerability, and on urban climatology with a focus on heat island adaptation and mitigation. Since 2017, he has been Principal Investigator for the multi-institute Cooling Singapore Initiative.

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沖 大幹

Taikan Oki

東京大学 大学院工学系研究科 教授
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

東京大学 総長特別参与、気象予報士。2016-21年には国連大学上級副学長、国際連合事務次長補を兼務。専門は土木工学で、特に地球規模の水文学。書籍に『水の未来』(岩波新書、2016年)など。日本学士院学術奨励賞、国際水文学賞Doogeメダル、EGU John Dalton Medal受賞など表彰多数。ローマクラブ正会員。水文・水資源学会会長。
Prof. Taikan Oki is a Special Advisor to the President of The University of Tokyo. He was also affiliated as the Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University, and an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for 2016-21. His areas of expertise are global hydrology and the sustainability of world water resources. He was the coordinating lead author of the IPCC WGII AR5. He got many awards such as the Japan Academy Medal, International Hydrology Prize (Dooge medal), and EGU John Dalton Meal. Full member of the Club of Rome and the President of the Japan Society for Hydrology and Water Resources.

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風間 聡

So Kazama

Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

Prof. Kazama’s research areas are hydrology and river engineering. After he served at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, he tackled Asian water issues. In a strategic research project “Comprehensive Research on Projection of Climate Change Impacts and Evaluation of Adaptation” funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan, he investigates flood impact and adaptation in Japan. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors of Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources, and the chairman of Global Environment Committee, Japan Society of Civil Engineers.

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栗栖 聖

Kiyo Kurisu

東京大学 大学院工学系研究科 都市工学専攻
Associate Professor, Dept. Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

専門分野は環境工学、環境システム。人々の行動に伴う環境負荷の算定や、環境配慮行動を規定する因子の分析,環境配慮行動促進に向けた情報提供法の検討など気候変動緩和に関連した研究を実施してきている。著書に『Pro-environmental Behaviors』(Springer, 2015)がある。近年では人々の生活の質への気候変動の影響評価及び適応策の検討研究にも携わっており、環境省環境研究総合推進費S-18のテーマ4「国民の生活の質(QoL)とその基盤となるインフラ・地域産業への気候変動影響予測と適応策の検討と評価」のテーマ・リーダーを務めている。
Dr. Kurisu’s research areas are environmental engineering and environmental system. She conducts research related to climate change mitigation, including estimation of the environmental impact of people’s actions, analysis of influential factors and evaluation of information provision methods to promote pro-environmental behaviors. She published a book “Pro-environmental Behaviors” (Springer) in 2015. In recent years, she has also been involved in research evaluating the impact of climate change on people’s quality of life and examining adaptation measures, and is currently leading a research project “Projection of Climate Change Impacts on Quality of Life (QoL) of People and Their Associated Infrastructure and Local Industries and Evaluation of Adaptation Options” funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency.

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パネル討論1. コーディネーター
Panel Discussion Coodinator


Toshihiro HASEGAWA

農研機構・農業環境研究部門 エグゼクティブリサーチャー
Executive Scientist, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

京都大学を卒業後、九州東海大学、北海道大学、農業環境技術研究所等 を経て現職。専門は作物生理学。IPCC第2作業部会第6次評価報告書では統括執筆 責任者を務めた。現在、環境省環境研究総合推進費S-18プロジェクト「気候変動影響予測・適応評価の総合的研究」のプロジェクトのテーマ2(農林水産分野)のリーダーを務めている。
Dr. Hasegawa is an executive scientist at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Japan. After graduating from Kyoto University, he worked at Kyushu Tokai University, Hokkaido University, and the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences before joining NARO in 2016. He is a crop physiologist and a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. He currently leads Theme 2 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) of the strategic research project on “Comprehensive Research on Projection of Climate Change Impacts and Evaluation of Adaptation” funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency.

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平林 由希子

Yukiko Hirabayashi

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology

専門分野は専門は気候変動による地球規模の水循環、水災害、水資源の予測と適応。国連の「気候変動に関する政府間パネル(IPCC)」の2019年海洋と雪氷圏に関する特別報告書の2章および政策決定者用要約の主執筆者、2022年第6次評価報告書の4章および政策決定者用要約の主執筆者を務めた。環境省環境研究総合推進費2-2005プロジェクト「気候政策とSDGs の同時達成における水環境のシナジーとトレードオフ」(2020-2022)のプロジェクトリーダー、SII-11-3「非可逆的な気候変動が都市に及ぼす影響予測」(2023-2025)のテーマリーダーを務めている。
Prof. Hirabayashi’s research expertise lies in the field of global water cycle, water related hazards, and water resource projection and adaptation in response to climate change. She has served to the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and the sixth assessment reports as a lead author of chapters and summary for policy maker. She was a project leader of “Synergies and Trade-offs among Climate Policies and Sustainable Development Goals in terms of Water Sector” for 2020 to 2023, and currently a theme leader of a strategic research project “Projected Impacts of Irreversible Climate Change on Cities” funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency.

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山野 博哉

Hiroya Yamano

Director, Biodiversity Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Hiroya Yamano’s field of expertise is physical geography. His research is based on the response of coral reefs and Small Island Developing States to environmental change and measures for conservation and adaptation. He is also conducting research on adaptation measures in the field of natural ecosystems to climate change and on the establishment of a society in harmony with nature.

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Akira Hibiki

東北大学大学院経済学研究科 教授、政策デザイン研究センター センター長
Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Management & Director, Research Institute for Policy Design, Tohoku University

His research interests lie in environmental and resource economics. Recently his research has focused on the evaluation of the socioeconomic impact caused by climate change and the policy evaluation.

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Kensuke Fukushi

東京大学未来ビジョン研究センター センター長 教授
Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo)

Kensuke Fukushi is Professor and Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives (formerly Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, IR3S), The University of Tokyo (UTokyo). Kensuke is a civil-environmental engineer and holds appointments at the UTokyo Graduate Schools of Engineering and Frontier Sciences, where he organizes the Urban Sustainability Science Laboratory. He is one of the founding faculty members of IR3S and achieved remarkable progress in promoting sustainability science in various academic communities. He serves as an Editorial Advisor of Sustainability Science Journal, the Science Planning Group member of Asian Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and Distinguished External Faculty member of Asian Institute of Technology. He received B.S. and M.S from Tohoku University in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. from University of Utah in Civil Engineering.

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パネル討論2. コーディネーター
Panel Discussion Coodinator

杉山 昌広

Masahiro Sugiyama

東京大学 未来ビジョン研究センター 准教授
Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo)

米国マサチューセッツ工科大学にてPh.D.(気候科学)および修士号(技術と政策)を取得。気候変動に関する政府間パネル (IPCC) 第6次評価報告書第3作業部会の主執筆者。近年の研究トピックは気候政策のシナリオ分析、公衆関与の観点に基づく気候工学のガバナンスなど。
Masahiro (Masa) Sugiyama is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives(IFI), the University of Tokyo(UTokyo). He holds a Ph.D. in climate science and a master’s degree in technology and policy, both from MIT. He is a lead author of the Working Group III’s contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His research areas include scenario analysis of climate and energy policy and governance of climate engineering from the public engagement perspective.

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