Otsuchi Coastal Research Center, The Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)


The Sanriku coastal region, including Otsuchi Bay, where the Otsuchi Coastal Research Center (OCRC) is located, is widely known for high productivity and biodiversity being fostered by both cold and warm currents. The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 caused a massive tsunami that severely damaged the coastal ecosystem along the Sanriku region. The ICRC will continue intensive coastal marine scientific research and conduct continuous observations of coastal ecosystems after the disaster in 2011, aiming to play an important role in international networks of coastal marine sciences. The OCRC initiated a social contribution/educational program named “School of marine science and local hopes in Sanriku” to build close relationships with local communities in cooperation with the Institute of Social Science of the University of Tokyo. The research and accommodation buildings were reconstructed in February 2018, and experimental rearing facilities with an exhibition room will be established soon.

Research Contents

Department of Local Research and Collaboration

The department aims to understand comprehensively the diverse coastal ecosystem in Japan and contributes to local communities through multi-disciplinary collaborative activities.

Faculty Members

Department of Local Research and Collaboration

  • Director/Professor AOYAMA, Jun jaoyama@
  • Associate Professor TANAKA, Kiyoshi ktanaka@
  • Associate Professor KITAGAWA, Takashi takashik@
  • Associate Professor FUKUDA, Hidek hfukuda@
  • Associate Professor (concurrent) MINEGISHI, Yuki y.minegishi@
  • Lecturer HIRABAYASHI, Shoko s-hirabayashi@
  • Assistant Professor HAYAKAWA, Jun jhayakawa@
  • Assistant Professor OHTSUCHI, Naoya ohtsuchi@
  • Professor (concurrent) MICHIDA, Yutaka ymichida@
  • Professor (concurrent) TSUDA, Atsushi tsuda@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  • Professor (concurrent) KAWAMURA,Tomohiko kawamura@
  • Professor (concurrent) SATO, Katsufumi katsu@
  • Associate Professor (concurrent) NISHIBE, Yuichiro ynishibe@
  • Associate Professor (concurrent) SHIRAI, Kotaro kshirai@

Contact Information

Otsuchi Coastal Research Center

The Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo 1-19-8, Akahama, Otsuchi, Iwate 028-1102, Japan

Tel. : +81-193-42-5611 (only in Japanese) Fax: +81-193-42-5612 (only in Japanese) E-mail: engan-jimu@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp (only in Japanese)

For contact in English, please get in touch with Director/Professor Jun Aoyama: jaoyama@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp, or the other faculty members listed above.