Core Program

Program Director



Prof. Dr. Makoto Taniguchi is a hydrologist and a deputy Director-General at RIHN. He received a Ph.D. from Tsukuba University, Japan, in 1987. He is currently the vice president of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and the president of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology. He has been working on water-related projects around the world, in particular Asia, authoring or co-authoring over 170 peer reviewed articles and 8 books including “Groundwater and Subsurface Environment”, “The Dilemma of Boundaries” and“Groundwater as a Key for Adaptation to the Changing Climate and Society”.

LEE, SanghyunAssociate Professor

13th core program meeting

13th core program meeting

The Core Program develops concepts and methodologies for transdisciplinary research to solve global environmental problems in collaboration with society. Core projects develop comprehensive and systematic concepts and methodologies for transdisciplinary research, which are widely applicable to global environmental issues, and accessible to related stakeholders.

Core projects produce conceptual and methodological frameworks together with RIHN Research Projects, based on individual methods, techniques, and tools from the divisions in the RIHN Center. Core projects collaborate with Research Projects, building on the case studies developed by these projects, and develop comprehensive and systematic methodologies beyond an individual Research Program or Project. Core projects also deliver completed concepts and methodology to Research Programs and Projects, the RIHN Center, and related stakeholders.