Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research(ICCER)Institute of Mountain Science(IMS)Institute for Fiber Engineering, Shinshu University(IFES)Center for Energy and Environmental Science(X-Breed)Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST)Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBS)Exploring ways to ensure human activities coexist harmoniously with the natural environment in mountainous areasThe institute aims to resolve urgent environmental issues in mountainous areas accompanying global climate change through scientific research, and to explore ways of promoting the harmonious coexistence of human activities and the natural environment in mountainous areas through the regeneration, conservation and utilization of the natural environment and disaster prevention.Institute of Mountain Science (IMS)Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) ④International Mountain Cooperation LaboratoryWith observation and research in the Chubu Mountains at the core of its activities, the department is working to fulfill its role as an international mountain research base and to build an international research network by promoting joint studies and comparisons with scientific observations of mountains in Asia and around the world.Department of Terrestrial EcosystemsWe conduct long-term ecological studies of wildlife in harsh habitats in cold, elevated mountain environments and of the population dynamics of land-based wildlife affected by global climate change and changes in the natural environment. We also aim to predict future trends and disseminate our findings.Department of Atmospheric Environment and Aquatic EcosystemsThe Department makes meteorological observations in mountainous areas in order to identify the changing environmental responses to global warming in these areas. It also aims to identify and predict the responses of aquatic ecosystems to environmental changes from the perspective of the underlying hydrological cycle and material circulation. We strive to disseminate the results of our work as widely as possible.Department of Geomorphology, Geology and Disaster PreventionOur aim is to gain an accurate understanding of the formation-transition-disappearance process of mountainous regions and mountain environments in the Japan Alps and Himalayas, and to propose ways of conserving the environment and preventing disasters on the basis of such understanding.Department of Forest ResourcesThe Department of Forest Resources aims to estimate the extent of forest resources in terms of sustainable uses, develop 3-dimensional remote sensing technologies, assess the impacts of climate change on forest resources and ecosystems, conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) for wood biomass use, study the history of wood architecture and alpine environments, and provide risk analysis for forest management.Department Profiles14