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iLEAPS was previously established in March 2004 within the framework of the second phase International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The scientific goal of the iLEAPS in IGBP was to provide understanding how interacting physical, chemical and biological processes transport and transform energy and matter through the land-atmosphere interface.

Now, iLEAPS is one of the Global Research Projects (GRPs) of the Future Earth.

Scientific questions of the new iLEAPS are:
1) How changing land-use and farming and forestry practice (irrigation, tillage, fire, draining, fertilizers, grazing, forest husbandry, pest and weed control, choice of crops or trees) affects the atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climate (N2O, CO2, H2O, CH4, VOCs, pollen etc.).
2) How anthropogenic changes in atmospheric chemistry (CO2, O3) affects plant productivity (O3 damage, CO2 fertilization).
3) How vulnerable and marginal ecosystems (very cold, very dry) will be affected by changes in climate (H2O, CO2).
4) How ecosystems (including fire, wetlands and vegetation) emit short lived carbon: e.g. isoprene and methane as well as carbon dioxide and its impact on the atmospheric chemistry.

iLEAPS science underpins three specific goals that are part of the Future Earth challenges, which are:
1) Mitigation of climate change
2) Environmental response to changes in climate and air quality
3) Secure and improve human health and wellbeing in rural and urban areas

iLEAPS in Future Earth is a network to link iLEAPS scientists to key societal challenges related to health, biodiversity, climate, food and fuel security acts as a communication hub and coordinator of world-wide scientific research in the field of ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges. It promotes scientific excellence through developing international science initiatives that are multi-disciplinary. It also promotes leadership in science through capacity building in developing countries as well as through their Early Career Scientists network. Please see website for more information.

iLEAPS-Japan committee members (* Chair) (** International commitee member)
Name Affiliation・Title
Nobuko Saigusa
Center for Global Environmental Research,
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Akira Tani
Graduate Division of Nutritional and Environmental Sciences,
University of Shizuoka
Takashi Hirano Professor,
Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University
Takeshi Ise
Associate Professor,
Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University
Kazuhito Ichii
Center for Environmental Remote Sensing, Chiba University
Akihiko Ito
Biogeochemical Cycle Modeling and Analysis Section,
Center for Global Environmental Research,
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Masahito Ueyama
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Osaka Prefecture University
Tomoomi Kumagai Professor,
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo
Makoto Koike
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Hisashi Sato**
Scientific Researcher,
Institute of Arctic Climate and Environment Research,
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Kengo Sudo Professor,
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Satoru Takanashi Senior Researcher,
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Kentaro Hayashi
Unit Leader,
Division of Biogeochemical Cycles,
Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO
Tetsuya Hiyama* Professor,
Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University
Hiroyuki Muraoka Professor,
River Basin Research Center, Gifu University
Michihiro Mochida Professor,
Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University
Takeshi Yamazaki
Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University