This book provides updated and comprehensive information on the evaluation of the river basin environment, along with its management and conservation. The chapters collected the latest cutting-edge research achievements in vegetation function evaluation, remote sensing monitoring and analysis, water quality evaluation and control, water and wastewater treatment, soil remediation, forest resource management, microbial disease diagnosis and more, the key components that link directly with the safety, security and sustainability of river basin environment. This book emphasizes the important aspects for better and more effective evaluation, management and conservation of the river basin environment, the foundation for its sustainable utilization and development, the foundation for achieving water and food security, and the United Nations' SDGs for No Poverty (1), Zero Hunger (2) and Clean Water and Sanitation (6), as well as Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Sustainable Cities and Communities (11), Climate Action (13), Life below Water (14) and Life on Land (15). This book will benefit the research community and environmental education. It will prove useful to students, water and forest resource managers, hydrologists and all those engaged or interested in any aspect of evaluation, management, and conservation of the river basin environment. The book also has the potential to inform multi-regional and sectoral policies in all regions of the world and contribute to sustainable development solutions through better management of water, soil, and vegetation resources.
Fusheng Li is a professor at the River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan. His teaching and research activities are in the fields of water quality, and water and wastewater treatment, and recently also in resource and energy recovery from organic waste. The ongoing research projects in his lab include activated carbon adsorption, membrane filtration, biological water and wastewater treatment, vermicomposting treatment of vegetable waste and activated sludge, and physicochemical and biological water quality evaluation. Dr Li completed his PhD in March 1998 from Gifu University and has been a full professor at the research centre since May 2008. He is also serving as the director of the research centre now.
Yoshio Awaya has been a Professor at the River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan, since 2009. His research interests are remote sensing of the land ecosystem, especially forest and forestry. His research covers leaf to global scale of changes in ecosystem structure or biomass using field data, airborne and satellite optical sensors and airborne laser scanners. He received his PhD from Niigata University in 1995. He worked as a research scientist at the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of the Forestry Agency of Japan from 1980 until 2009, prior to joining the River Basin Research Center, Gifu University. He was appointed as the president of the Remote Sensing Society of Japan between 2016 and 2018.
Koji Kageyama has been an Emeritus Professor at River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan, since 2021. His research interests include plant pathology, mycology, and molecular ecology of soil fungi. He received his PhD from Hokkaido University in 1983. He worked as a researcher at Aichi Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station, as an assistant and associate professor at the Department of Agriculture, Gifu University, and as a professor at the River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, until 2021.
Yongfen Wei is an associate professor at the River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan. She is also a principal supervisor for master’s course education at the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, and doctoral course education at the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science of this Japanese national university. She received her BS degree in environmental engineering from the Lanzhou Jiaotong University of China in 1986, an MS degree from Kitami Institute of Technology of Japan in 1995 and a PhD degree from Gifu University in 2002. Her main research focus is environmental monitoring and assessment, ranging from remote sensing application to mass dynamics analysis, and recently has also been working on topics relating to soil remediation. As a key member of the Gifu University Rearing Program for Basin Water Environmental Leaders (BWEL), she has been actively involved in all program teaching and managing activities with other faculty members together, leading the achievement of 230 master's and doctoral graduates who learned under the program.