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Naoaki Shibasaki(Professor)

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Affiliated Specialty Division Division of Environment System Management
Specialized Field of Study Hydrogeology, Groundwater Basin Management, Applied Geology
Final Academic Background Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University
Academic Degree Doctor of Science(Osaka City University)

Courses In Charge

Groundwater Basin Management
Groundwater is precious and limited water resources for human beings. For sustainable groundwater use, characteristics of groundwater quantity and quality should be examined based on the study of groundwater basin structure and aquifer properties. In the subject, we will learn methodologies and technologies for groundwater basin management with case studies in Japan and abroad.
Survey for Groundwater Basin Management
Occurrence of groundwater is generally invisible. So we need to learn investigation methods of groundwater flow, groundwater quality, structure and aquifer properties of groundwater basins. In a groundwater basin, we also learn how to investigate actual groundwater use conditions and residents' willingness of water use for better groundwater basin management.
Geosciences, Laboratory
We will practice how to investigate subsurface geology and groundwater conditions by geological and geophysical methods.

Main Research

At present, Shibasaki's Laboratory carries out following researches in Japan and abroad:
* Estimation of 3-D distribution of aquifer parameters based on hydrogeological analyses
* Artificial groundwater recharge utilizing paddy field in winter for recovery of natural springs
* Reveal mechanism of groundwater contamination by arsenic to find mitigation measures in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.
* 3-D groundwater flow simulation in different groundwater basins
* Goal settings and evaluation of groundwater basin management plan based on actual field conditions

Introduction of Laboratory

In Shibasaki's Laboratory, we study groundwater resources in various parts of Japan and the World. Under the different climatic, hydrologic, and geologic settings, we study dynamic groundwater conditions by field investigations and groundwater simulation analyses. Based on the studies, the methodologies for sustainable groundwater use are proposed to prevent groundwater hazards such as land subsidence and worsening of groundwater quality.

Recent Writings, etc.

1. Shibasaki, N., Lei, P. and Kamata, A. (2007) Evaluation of deep groundwater development for arsenic mitigation in western Bangladesh, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 42:12, 1919 - 1932.
2. Shibasaki, N. (2007): Groundwater Development and Well Success Rate in Africa. Journal of Commerce, Economics and Economic History (The Shogaku Ronshu), Vol. 73, No. 3, 31-40.(in Japanese)