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Tokyo and Cities Along Coast of Japan

35.6N 139.6E

April 14th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – April 8th, 2013

Japanese cities such as Tokyo (right) appear as grey areas along the coast, flanked by green vegetation and mountain ranges. In order to deal with climate change, particularly related to increased temperatures and air pollution, Tokyo is preparing to force industry to make big cuts in greenhouse gases, taking the lead in a country struggling to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations. The capital city has Japan’s first emissions cap system, reducing greenhouse gas emission by a total of 25 percent by 2020 from the 2000 level.

Tokyo’s Growing Urbanization and Climate Change

35.6N 139.6E

February 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – January 27th, 2013

The grey expanse in this image is the city of Tokyo, stretching inland from Tokyo Bay and the shoreline of Honshu Island, Japan. Because of growing urbanization, Tokyo has experienced an increase in temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. As temperatures continue to increase and night temperatures stay warmer than average, the demand for energy will be greater, increasing the burden on existing energy infrastructure. Such stresses during peak hours can lead to system failures and service disruptions. When these events take place, vulnerable populations, such as the 22.1% of Tokyo’s population that is over the age of 65 (OCED, 2010), are placed at greater risk for health problems, including heatstroke (click here for more information).

Cities of Nagoya and Tokyo by Bays in Japan – October 23rd, 2012

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Japan – October 21st, 2012

The cities of Nagoya and Tokyo can be observed as large grey expanses spreading inland from bays on the coast of Japan. Nagoya (left) is located by Ise Bay, which has an average depth of 19.5 metres and a maximum depth of 30 metres. Tokyo (right) is located by Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo Bay region is both the most populous and largest industrialized area in Japan

Tropical Storm Maria (23W) Southeast of Japan – October 18th, 2012

25.3N 134.5E

October 18th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Maria (23W) – October 16th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Maria (23W) - October 18th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 23W

Tropical Storm Maria (23W), located approximately 575 nm east-southeast of Tokyo, Japan, has tracked east-northeastward at 20 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 15 feet. Here, the system can be seen southeast of Japan (visible at the top edge) and northeast of Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) (visible in the lower left corner).

Tropical Storm Prapiroon (22W) with Maximum Significant Wave Height of 17 Feet

23.4N 128.9E

October 18th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) – October 16th, 2012

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Track of Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) - October 18th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 22W

Tropical Storm Prapiroon (22W), located approximately 660 nm southwest of Tokyo, Japan, has tracked northeastward at 18 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 17 feet.

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