Masataka Watanabe is a professor at the Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University in Japan and is leading the project on mitigation/adaptation for climate change. He is a chair of the Scientific and Policy Committee on the International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS). He led the red tide research group at the National Institute for Environmental Studies for the creation of national policy regarding total nitrogen and phosphorus regulations in enclosed coastal seas (Tokyo Bay, Ise Bay and Seto Inland Sea). He explicated the outbreak mechanism of Chattonella antiqua (Raphidophyceae) red tide and eutrophication process in the Seto Inland Sea using Microcosm (1m3 volume and 1.5m tall, axenic clone culture tank to simulate environmental condition analogous to red tide field), Mesocosm (in situ enclosure of 5m diameter and 18m height with sediment enclosed), field measurements and 3D numerical coastal ecosystem model for long term simulation. He participated in Sub-Global Assessment of UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and initiated the evaluation of ecosystem services in Yangtze river basin and Yangtze estuary in “Western China Ecosystem Assessment ". He was awarded “Tien Shan Prize” from Xinjiang Government of China in 2003. He is a chair of UNEP-Global Adaptation Network (GAN) and is playing a vital role in promoting the science-based global adaptation knowledge exchange that results in scaled up adaptation outcomes, delivered through GAN and Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) Forum. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed international journal articles.
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