The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


渡邉 敦/Atsushi Watanabe


Atsushi Watanabe

Last updated : December 07, 2023

Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Areas of Expertise
  • Conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of coastal environment
  • blue economy

Atsushi Watanabe studied geography and earth and planetary science at the University of Tokyo. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the graduate school of environmental studies, Nagoya University, from 2004 to 2008, and as an assistant professor at the graduate school of information science and engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, from 2008-2018. He studied material (especially carbon) cycles in coral reefs and coastal blue carbon ecosystems and the impact of climate change or local stressors on these ecosystems. Since 2018, he has been working as a senior research fellow of the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, leading the blue economy and blue carbon policy research. He also acts as a councilor of the International Coral Reef Society and a representative of the Japanese Coral Reef Society. Hold a doctoral degree in Science.


  • Kurihara H. and Watanabe A. (2019) Coral Reef Conservation at Republic of Palau under Climate Change. Journal of the Japanese Coral Reef Society 21: 1-13 (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Sith R., Watanabe A., and others (2019): Assessment of water quality and evaluation of best management practices in a small agricultural watershed adjacent to Coral Reef area in Japan. Agricultural Water Management, 213, 659-673.
  • Watanabe A. and Nakamura T. (2018): A Book chapter "Carbon dynamics in coral reefs" in "Blue Carbon in Shallow Coastal Ecosystems: Carbon Dynamics, Policy, and Implementation" (Tomohiro Kuwae and Masakazu Hori ed., Springer)
  • Kartadikaria AR, Watanabe A., and others (2015): CO2 Sink/Source Characteristics in the Tropical Indonesian Seas, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120(12), 7842-7856.
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