Backgrounds and Objectives line

"Research and Development (R&D) Center for Submarine Resources" is consisted of five research groups and two administrative/promotion groups.

Director-General, Center: Dr.Eiichi KIKAWA
Senior Coodinator for Planning, R&D center for Submarine Resources: Hiromichi SUZUKI
Assistant Director: Masayuki WATANABE
Assistant Director: Dr.Tomohiko FUKUSHIMA
Advisor: Prof.Hodaka KAWAHATA(University of Tokyo),
Prof.Toshifumi MATSUOKA(Kyoto University),
Prof.Koshi YAMAMOTO(Nagoya University),
Prof. Shigeaki KOJIMA(University of Tokyo), Dr.Yoichi KAMAGATA(AIST)

Geobio-Engineering and Technology Group

"Geobio-Engineering and Technology Group" addresses some important societal issues on sustainable carbon and energy cycles through the advanced research of deep subseafloor biosphere. For example, the geological sequestration of CO2 in marine subsurface systems and its ecological consequences, and the exploration of deep-sea mud-volcano subsurface as a natural pipeline of deep-sourced fluid and hydrocarbons.

Member
Dr.Fumio INAGAKI (Group Leader)
Dr.Hiroyuki IMACHI, Dr.Yuki MORONO,
Dr.Tatsuhiko HOSHINO, Dr.Akira IJIRI, Dr.Wataru TANIKAWA,
Dr.Motoo ITO, Dr.Yoko OHTOMO,Akemi IMAJYO,
Dr.Yojiro IKEGAWA (guest,CRIEPI)
Submarine Hydrothermal System Research Group

"Submarine Hydrothermal System Research Group" achieves interdisciplinary researches to understand impacts of submarine hydrothermal circulation on formation of mineral deposits, generation of seafloor electric potentials and distribution and functions subseafloor microbial communities as microbial and genetic resources.

Member
Dr.Eiichi KIKAWA (Group Leader)
Dr.Ken TAKAI,
Dr.Shinsuke KAWAGUCCI, Dr.Junichi MIYAZAKI,
Dr.Takazo SHIBUYA, Dr.Masahiro YAMAMOTO,
Dr. Yuta KONNO, Dr.Hidenori KUMAGAI,
Dr.Kentaro NAKAMURA (invited, University of Tokyo)
Resource Geochemistry Group

"Resource Geochemistry Group" investigates organic geochemical signatures for understanding generation processes of submarine hydrocarbon resources with advanced analytical methods for molecular markers of methanogenesis.

Member
Dr.Katsuhiko "Katz" SUZUKI (Group Leader)
Dr.Naohiko OHKOUCHI,
Dr.Nanako O. OGAWA, Dr.Yoshinori TAKANO,
Dr.Chisato YOSHIKAWA, Dr.Masaki KANEKO
Ore Genesis Research Group

"Ore Genesis Research Group" achieves geochemical researches for chronology of many kinds of deposits on land and subseafloor, and researches for enrichment mechanism of rare metals.

Member
Dr.Katsuhiko "Katz" SUZUKI (Group Leader)
Dr.Tatsuo NOZAKI, Dr.Kenji SHIMIZU,
Dr.Hiroko MAKITA, Dr.Yasuko YAMAGISHI, Dr.Teruhiko KASHIWABARA,
Dr.Maria Luisa Tejada, Dr.Ryoko SENDA,
Yukari OHKI, Hideo YAMAMOTO, Yoko NAKAMURA,
Dr.Akira USUI (invited,Kochi University), Dr.Yasuhiro KATO (invited,University of Tokyo), Dr.Takashi ITO (invited,Ibaraki University),
Dr. Yoshio Takahashi(invited, University of Tokyo),
Dr. Akira Ishibashi(invited, University of Tokyo),
Dr.Hajime SHIMODA(guest,AIST), Dr.Blair THORNTON (invited,University of Tokyo),
Dr.Kosuke GOTO (guest,AIST), Dr.Koichiro FUJINAGA,(external,University of Tokyo), Dr.Yutaro TAKAYA(JSPS), Dr.Haruka YAMAGUCHI(external, Okayama University)
Environmental Impact Assessment Research Group

"Environmental Impact Assessment Research Group" investigates monitoring and observation of marine biodiversity and researches for impact of exploitation of submarine resources.

Member

Dr.Hiroyuki YAMAMOTO (Group Leader)
Dr. Hideto TAKAMI, Dr.Yasuo FURUSHIMA,
Dr.Tetsuya MIWA, Dr.Dhugal LINDSAY, Dr.Frederic SINNIGER,

Dr.Yoshie UCHIFUNE,Dr.Wataru Arai,

Keisuke SUNAHARA, Misato TAKAHASHI,
Dr.Motohiro SHIMANAGA (invited,Kumamoto University)

Exploration Research Group

"Exploration Research Promotion Group" carry out plannings and implementations of exploration for acceleration of submarine resources research.

Member
Dr.Hideaki "bucci" MACHIYAMA (Group Leader)
(Dr.Takafumi KASAYA), Dr.Fujio YAMAMOTO, Dr.Yoshiro NISHIO,
Koichi IIJIMA, Dr. Kazuya KITADA,
Dr.Keiko SATO, Dr.Yuka MASAKI, Yukari KUBO, Hiroshi MORITA,
Dr.Tadanori GOTO (invited), Dr.Izumi SAKAMOTO (guest),
Dr.Tadanori GOTO (invited,Kyoto University),
Dr.Izumi SAKAMOTO (invited,Tokai University)
Planning and Coordination Group

"Exploration Research Planning and Coordination Group" operates plannings, coordinations and administrative works in and out of the project for promotion of the whole activity.

Member
Toru NAKAMURA (Group Leader)
Dr.Takeshi MAKI, Jun TSUDA, Yasumi ITO