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Faculty of Environmental Earth Science

Graduate School of Environmental Science

Hokkaido University

N10, W5, Sapporo

Hokkaido 060-0810


Areas of Expertise

Mountain geography and geoecology; Sustainable community development; Mountain tourism; Protected area management; Land use land cover changes; geodiversity

Brief Bio

Prof. Teiji Watanabe received trainings on mountain geography at the University of Tsukuba for MA and at the University of California for PhD. Having a background in alpine geomorphology, he specializes in mountain geoecology, with interests in interaction of human-geoecosystems in high mountain areas and natural resource management in protected areas. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Himalayas, the Karakorum, the Alps, the Pamirs, and Japanese mountains.

He has led land science as director of Global Land Programme (GLP) Japan Nodal Office for the last 10+ years. Also, he has been serving members and chairs of mountain trail management in Daisetsuzan National Park, central Hokkaido, Japan with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. He is a member of the Daisetsuzan National Park Council.

Prof. Teiji published many academic papers and books on high mountains related to glacial and periglacial landforms, glacial lake outburst floods, protected-area management, mountain tourism, deforestation, human-wildlife conflicts, and sustainable mountain society.

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