Taku NISHIMURA, Professor

・Cross-Appointed Faculty, International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (IPADS)

Laboratory of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo


Contact information




Soil Science, Environmental Science, Rural Environmental Emgineering

Professional Experience & Education

2013.4 till present: Professor at Lab. of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering,The University of Tokyo
2006.9-2013.3: Associate Professorat Lab. of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tokyo.
1999.4-2006.8: Associate professor of Department of International Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Soil Physics, Soil & Environmental Conservation and Remediation)
1997.9-1999.3: Assistant Professor of Lab. of Land Use, Department of Eco-region science, School of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
1996.5-1997.4: Visiting Research Scholar in USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion ResearchLaboratoryand Department of Agronomy, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN USA
1991.8-1997.8: Assistant at Laboratory of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology, Department of Agricultural Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1991.4-1991.7: Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciencefor Japanese Junior Scientists.


1989-1991: PhD candidate at Graduate School of Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo
1987-1989: Department of Agricultural Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo
1983-1987: Undergraduate, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo


Research Theme

Many research projects covering a broad range of soil physics and soil hydrology have been conducted at the Laboratory of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology. A list of ongoing projects is given below.

  • Unsaturated water and solute transport through soils
  • Colloid facilitated migration of pollutants
  • Behavior of Cs in soil
  • Remediation of alkalization and salinization of clayey soil
  • Effect of forest fire on soil physical and chemical properties
  • Water erosion and conservation of sloped agriculturallands
  • How biochar and compost affects soil physical properties
  • GHG emission from agricultural lands


◆Publications in English :

  1. Nishimura, T., M. Nakano, T. Miyazaki Properties of surface crusts of an Andisol and their effects on soil-hydrological processes Catena Supplements, 24, 17-28 (1993)
  2. Nishimura, T. Changes in infiltration and ion exchange subsequent to gypsum application to a Japanese acid soil, 農業土木学会論文集, 184, 167-173 (1996)
  3. Nishimura, T. Effects of clod size, raindrop size and initial moisture conditions on surface sealing of an acid Kunigami mahji soil, 農業土木学会論文集, 199 , 17-22 (1999)
  4. Nishimura, T., M. Nakano, T. Miyazaki, Effects of gypsum application on dispersion of an acid Kunigami mahji soil, 土壌の物理性, 81, 15-21 (1999)
  5. Krissandi Wijaya, T. Nishimura, and M. Kato, Estimation of Dry Bulk Density of Soil Using Amplitude Domain Reflectometry Probe, J. of the Jpn. Soc. of Soil Physics, 95, 63-74 (2003)
  6. Krissandi Wijaya, T. Nishimura, M. Kato, and M. Nakagawa, Field Estimation of Soil Dry Bulk Density Using Amplitude Domain Reflectometry (ADR) Data, J. of the Jpn. Soc. of Soil Physics, 97, 3-12 (2004)
  7. Ito, M., T. Nishimura, and K. Kurokawa, A preliminary study on utilization of desert with agricultural development and photovoltaic technology potential of very large-scale photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) systems, J. of Arid Land Studies, 14S, 171-174 (2004)
  8. Ueno, M., T. Nishimura, and M. Kato Change in share characteristics of Loess soil by applying Irrigation, J. of Arid Land Studies, 14S, 215-218 (2004)
  9. Sakaguchi, A., T. Nishimura, and M. Kato The effect of Entrapped Air on the Quasi-Saturated Soil Hydraulic Conductivity and Comparison to the Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity. Vadose Zone Journal, 4(1) 139-144 (2005)
  10. Nishimura, T. Kato, M., T. Yamamoto, and S. Suzuki.  Effect of gypsum and polyacrylamide application on erodibility of an acid Kunigami mahji soil, Soil Sci. and Plant Nutr. 51(5), 641-644 (2005)
  11. Nishimura, T., H. Shirato, M. Hayashi and M. Kato. Effect of Dispersivity of Filling Material on Performance of Contaminant Barrier, J. of ASTM International, 3(6), 296-303 (2006)
  12. Kumar Piyush, T. Nisimura ,T. Noguchi, Liu Xinmin and M. Kato Monitoring of water and salt movement in maize fields at Wuwei, China and discussion of better irrigation practice for sustainability, J. of Arid Land Studies, 15(4) 499-503 (2006)
  13. Sinha, S., Sanjay Kumar, K. Kurokawa, M. Kato and T. Nishimura, Global Climate Impact Study of VLS-PV installation in Deserts, J. of Arid Land Studies, 15(4) 291-296 (2006)
  14. Julien Tournebize, H. Watanabe, K. Takagi, T. Nishimura, The development of a coupled model (PCPF-SWMS) to simulate water flow and pollutant transport in Japanese paddy fields, Paddy Water Environ., 4, 39-51, (2006)
  15. Hou, H., S. Zhou, M. Hosomi, K. Toyota, K. Yoshimura, Y. Mutou, T. Nishimura, M. Takayanagi, and T. Motobayashi. Ammonia emissions from biogas slurry and chemical fertilizer applied to flooded forage rice, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 183(1-4), 37-48 (2007)
  16. Ohnishi, T., M. Kato and T. Nishimura, Evaluating Influence of Different Cover Materials on Runoff and Sediment Loss from Bare Upland Soil using Laboratory Rainfall Simulator, J. of the Jpn. Soc. of Soil Physics 108, 53-66, (2008)
  17. Nagasawa, K., Zhang J., Nishimura T., Saito H., and Kato M., Impact of Pressure Heads Applied to Buried Porous Bottles on Water Supply Characteristics for Subsurface Irrigation, J. of Arid Land Studies, 18(1):11-20 (2008)
  18. Thai, K. P., Watanabe, H., Nishimura, T., Toyoda, K., Motobayashi, T., Behavior of simetryn and thiobencarb in rice paddy lysimeters and the effect of the excess water storage depth in controlling herbicide runoff, Weed Biology and Management, 80:438–442 (2008)
  19. Dumale W. A. Jr., Tsuyoshi Miyazaki, T. Nishimura, and Katsutoshi Seki, CO2 evolution and short-term carbon turnover in stable soil organic carbon from soils applied with fresh organic matter, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 35, LXXXXX, doi:10.1029/2008GL036436, (2008)
  20. Yamamoto, T., Y. Shimura, T. Nishimura, H. Andry, S. Moritani, and A. Al-Busaidi, Evaluation of powdered polyacrylamide application along with source of electrolytes in controlling sodic soil erosion, J. Jpn. Soc. Soil Phys. 110, 53-66 (2008)
  21. Krissandi Wijaya, T. Nishimura, Budi Indra Setiawan, S. K. Saptomo, Spatial Variability of Soil Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity in Paddy Field in Accordance to Subsurface Percolation, Paddy and Water Environ., 8(2), 113-120, (2010)
  22. Asada, K. K.Toyota, T. Nishimura, J-I. Ikeda, and K. Hori. Accumulation and mobility of zinc in soil amended with efferent levels of pig-manure compost, J. of Environmental Science and Health Part B, 45, 1-8 (2010)
  23. Seki, K., K. Suzuki, T. Nishimura, M. Mizoguchi, H. Imoto and T. Miyazaki, Physical and chemical properties of soil in the fire affected forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, J. of Tropical Forest Science 22(4): 414–424 (2010)
  24. Dang Quoc Thuyet, Thai Quoc Hien, H. Watanabe, H. Saito, Thai Khanh Phong, T. Nishimura, Micro paddy lysimeter for monitoring Solute transport in paddy environment, Paddy and Water Environment, 8, 235-245 (2010)
  25. Ibrahimi, M.K, T. Miyazaki and T. Nishimura, A high measurement frequency based assessment of shallow groundwater fluctuations in Metouia Oasis, South Tunisia, Hydrological Research Letters, 4, 75-79 (2010)
  26. Nishimura, T., Kamachi, H. Imoto, M. Mizoguchi, and T. Miyazaki, Prefreeze soil moisture and compaction affect water erosion in partially melted frozen Andisols, Soil Sci.Soc. Am. J. 75 691-698 (2011)
  27. Asada, K., T. Nishimura; H. Saito; The effects of subsoil hardpan on the leaching of zinc and copper in soils amended with swine-manure, J. of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste (ASCE), 15(4) 259-265 (2011)
  28. Kato C., T. Nishimura, H. Imoto and T. Miyazaki, Predicting soil moisture and temperature of Andisols under a monsoon climate in Japan, Vadose Zone J. 10, 541-551 (2011)
  29. Dumale, W. A. Jr.. T. Miyazaki, T. Nishimura, and K. Seki, Short-term dynamics of the active and passive soil organic carbon pools in a volcanic soil treated with fresh organic matter, E-International Scientific Research Journal, 3(2), p.128-144 (2011)
  30. Dumale, W. A. Jr., T. Miyazaki, K. Hirai, and T. Nishimura, SOC turnover and lime–CO2 evolution during liming of an acid Andisol and Ultisol, Open J. of Soil Sci. 1(2), 49-53 (2011)
  31. Ibrahimi M. K., Miyazaki T., Nishikawa K., Nishimura T., Imoto H., Experimental and modeling investigation of shallow water table fluctuations in relation to Reverse Wieringermeer Effect, Open J. of Soil Sci. 1(2), 17-24 (2011)
  32. Miyazaki, T., M.K. Ibrahimi, and T. Nishimura, Shallow Groundwater Dynamics Controlled by Lisse and Reverse Wieringermeer Effects, J. of Sustainable Watershed Science and Management, 1(2), 36-45 (2012)
  33. Asada, K., Y. Yabushita, H. Saito, and T. Nishimura, Effect of long term swine-manure application on soil hydraulic properties, Europ. J. of Soil Sci. 63, 368-376 (2012)
  34. Asada, K., T. Nishimura, C. Kato, K. Toyota and M. Hosomi, Phyto-purification of livestock-derived organic waste by forage rice under subtropical climate, Paddy and Water Environ. (2012) 1007/s10333-012-0349-8
  35. Ying Zhao, T. Nishimura, R. Hill, T. Miyazaki, Determining Hydraulic Conductivity for air-filled porosity in an Unsaturated Frozen Soil by the Multistep Outflow Method, Vadose Zone J. (2013) doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0061
  36. Ibrahimi, M. K., T. Miyazaki, T. Nishimura and H. Imoto, Contribution of shallow groundwater rapid fluctuation to soil salinization under arid and semiarid climate, Arabian J. of Geoscience, 7(9), pp.3901-3911 DOI 10.1007/s12517-013-1084 (2014)
  37. Kato, C.; T. Nishimura; H. Imoto; T. Miyazaki, Predicting Soil CO2 Dynamics in Arable Land of Andisol Using the SOILCO2 Model, J. of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 18(2), doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000206 (2014)
  38. Guo Lin-lin, T. Nishimura, T. Miyazaki and H. Imoto, Behavior of carbon dioxide in soils affected by tillage systems,Paddy Water Environment,13:291-301,DOI 10.1007/s10333-014-0440-4 (October 2015)
  39. Guo, Linlin, T. Nishimura, H. Imoto and Zhigang Sun, Application of soil column incubation experiments to measure CO2 efflux, International Agrophysics, 29, pp. 413-421 (2015) doi: 1-.1515/intag-2015-0047 IF 1.067
  40. Guo, Linlin, T. Nishimura, H. Imoto and Zhigang Sun、Evaluation of gas diffusivity models for no-tilled and tilled volcanic ash soils, Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, (2016) DOI: 10.1080/03650340.2016.1145791. IF 2.137
  41. Guan, Z., , Xiang-Yu Tang, Taku Nishimura, Yu-Ming Huang, Brian J. Reid、Adsorption of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates on carboxyl modifiedmulti-walled carbon nanotubes、Journal of Hazardous Materials, 322 : 205–214 (2017, Jan ) IF 6.065
  42. Kato C. and T. Nishimura, Predicting soil moisture condition in arbitrary agricultural lands using the digital soil map and soil physical properties database, Paddy and Water Environment, 15, 159-169 DOI: 10.1007/s10333-016-0537-z (2017, Jan)IF 0.916
  43. Guan, Z., Tang, X.Y., Yang, J.E., Ok, Y.S., Xu, Z.H., Nishimura, T., Reid, B.J. A review of source tracking techniques for fine sediment within a catchment, Environmental Geochemistry and Health 39(6),1221-1243 (2017.12) IF2.616
  44. Guan, Z., Tang, X. Y., Nishimura, T. Katou, H., Liu, H.TY. and Qing, J. Surfactant-enhanced flushing enhances colloid transport and alters macroporosity in diesel-contaminated soil, J. of Environmental Sciences 64,197-206 (2018.2)937
  45. Yamasaki, T., H. Imoto, S. Hamamoto and T. Nishimura Determination of the role of entrapped air in water flow in a closed soil pipe using a laboratory experiment, Hydrological Processes. 31:3740-3749 (2017, accepted) IF3.014
  46. Bandai, T. S. Hamamoto, G. C. Rau, d, T. Komatsu and T. Nishimura, The effect of particle size on thermal and solute dispersion in saturated porous media J.of International Journal of Thermal Sciences 122:74-84 (2017, Dec) IF3.615
  47. Ochi, K., M. Sasaki, Mutsushi Ishida, Shoichiro Hamamoto, Taku Nishimura, Yukihisa Sanada、Estimation of the Vertical Distribution of Radiocesium in Soil on the Basis of the Characteristics of Gamma-Ray Spectra Obtained via Aerial Radiation Monitoring Using an Unmanned Helicopter, Environmental Engineering and Public Health 14(8), 926-940; (2017, Aug.) org/10.3390/ijerph14080926
  48. Hamamoto S., Moldrup P., Kawamoto K., Sakaki T., Nishimura T., and Komtatsu, T., Closure to discussion of “Pore network structure linked by X-ray CT to particle characteristics and transport parameters”, Soils and Foundations, 2017, 57(5): 901-903
  49. Hamamoto S., Moldrup P., Kawamoto K., Sakaki T., Nishimura T., and Komtatsu, T., Closure to discussion of “Pore network structure linked by X-ray CT to particle characteristics and transport parameters”, Soils and Foundations, 2017, Vol 57, Issue 5, p. 901-903
  50. Hamamoto, S., T. EGUCHI, K. KUBO, N. NIHEI, T. HIRAYAMA, and T. NISHIMURA, Adsorption and Transport Behaviors of Potassium in Vermiculitic Soils, Radioisotppes ( 67(3), 93-100–108(2018)https://doi.org/10.3769/radioisotopes.67.93
  51. Hamamoto, S.; N. Nihei; Y. Ueda; Per Moldrup; and T. Nishimura 2018 Effects of Flow Rate and Gas Species on Microbubble and Nanobubble Transport in Porous Media,Journal of Environmental Engineering 143 (7) 04017023 – July 2017   doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001216
  1. Hamamoto, S., T. Takemura, K. Suzuki, T. Nishimura, Effects of pH on nano-bubble stability and transport in saturated porous media, J. of Contaminant Hydrology, 208, 61-67 2018, , org/10.1016/j.jconhyd.2017.12.001
  2. Kazutoshi Osawa, Yui Nonaka, Taku Nishimura, Keitaro Tanoi, Hiroyuki Matsui, Masaru Mizogichi, Takahiro Tatsuno: Quantification of dissolved and particulate radiocesium fluxes in two rivers draining the main radioactive pollution plume in Fukushima, Japan (2013–2016), Anthropocene, 64,197-206
  3. Guo, L., Nishimura, T., Imoto, H. Zhigang Sun Macropores regulate CO2 behavior in an andisol soil Paddy Water Environ (2018) 16: 391–396. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10333-018-0632-4
  4. S. S. Hamamoto, K. Kawamoto, M. Nagamori, T. Nishimura, Monitoring of methane emission from a landfill site in daily and hourly time scales using an automated gas sampling system, Environ. Sci. and Pollution Research, 25(24): 24500-24506 (2018)
  5. Ghanbarian, Behzad, S. Hamamoto, K. Kawamoto , T. Sakaki, Per Moldrup, T. Nishimura, T. Komatsu Saturation-dependent gas transport in sand packs: Experiments and theoretical applications, Adv. in Water Resources, 122:139-147 (2018)
  6. Nguyen Thi Ca,Hamamoto, S. and Nishimura, T., Effects of soil amendments on pH and aggregate stability of saline sodic soil and acid sulfate soil in Mekong delta, Viet Nam, Journal of the Japanese Society of Soil Physics, 141 (2019)
  7. Kato, C., C. Sasaki, A. Endo, N. Matsuyama, T. Nishimura (2019): Predicting soil water movement in converted soybean fields under high moisture condition, Paddy Water Environ. doi:10.1007/s10333-019-00696-4.
  8. Yamasaki, T., S. Hamamoto, and T. Nishimura. Effect of air mobility in a soil pipe on water flow through a model hillslope after pipe clogging. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi.org/10.1002/esp.4782 (2019)
  9. Izumoto, S., S. Hamamoto, K. Kawamoto, M. Nagamori, and T. Nishimura, Methane eruptions from landfill final cover soil during rainfall events in laboratory experiments, Soils and Foundations, 59(4): 1052-1062 (2019) doi.org/10.1016/j.sandf.2019.05.002
  10. Okutani, F., S. Hamamoto, Y. Aoki, M. Nakayasu, N. Nihei, T. Nishimura, K. Yazaki, A. Sugiyama, Rhizosphere modelling reveals spatiotemporal distribution of daidzein shaping soybean rhizosphere bacterial community, Plant Cell and Environ., doi.org/10.1111/pce.13708 (2019)
  11. Hamamoto, S., T. Sugimoto, T. Takemura, T. Nishimura, S. Bradford, Nano-bubble retention in saturated porous media under repulsive van der Waals and electrostatic conditions, Langmuir, 35, 21, 6853-6860 (2019)
  12. Tatsuno, T., S. Hamamoto, N. Nihei and T. Nishimura, Effects of the dissolved organic matter on Cs transport in the weathered granite soil, Journal of Environmental Management, 254, doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109785 (2020)



  • Section 6 Desert region community development, Nishimura, T. & M. Itoh, In Energy from the desert, Eds. Kurokawa, K. K. Komoto, P. van der Vlueten, and D. Faiman, p.87-94 Earthscan, London, UK (2006)
  • 3 Desert region community development (pp.23-26), 4.4 Developing agricultural systems with PV (pp.26-34) Nishimura, T. and M. Ito, In Energy from the Desert: Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems, Socio-economic, Financial, Technical and Environmental Aspects,: Eds. Kurokawa, K., M. Ito, P. van del Vlueten and D. Faiman, Earthscan, London, UK 2009.11