Dr. Nophea Sasaki

Dr. Nophea Sasaki joined Natural Resources Management, as Associate Professor in January 2016. Prior to joining AIT, Dr. Sasaki was an Associate Professor for 11 years at the University of Hyogo (Japan), where he taught and conducted research on global environmental policy and environmental business with particular focus on tropical forestry, carbon emission reductions, and financial incentives. He was a postdoc in forestry-carbon cycling modeling at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, a Bullard Fellow in advanced forest research at Harvard University, and a visiting Associate Professor at Adelaide University in Australia. He has interests in REDD+ and the applications of Technovation and Data Technology in NRM.

He is recognized for his research achievements in sustainable management of forests, carbon retention, and result-based financial compensation under the REDD+ scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He served as global expert panel on REDD+, forest management, and biodiversity conservation of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, advisor for a special REDD+ Promotion Project of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan. He was also a co-author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, editor of Forestry, Frontiers Journals, Journal of Forest Planning, and Land. In addition to scientific accomplishments, Dr. Sasaki has assisted private companies to conduct government-sponsored projects on REDD+ and CDM of the UNFCCC. He has also organized many regional training workshops on REDD+, carbon accounting and carbon trading systems to ASEAN and South Asian officials.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, January 2016 – present
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied Informactis, University of Hyogo: April 2004 – December 2015
Bullard Fellow, Harvard University: September 2008 – August 2009
Visiting Associate Professor, University of Adelaide: September 2014 – August 2015
Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany: May 2002 – March 2004
Other positions: Chair of AIT-STARS, Chair of NRM-SERD

Specialization: Forest carbon management, REDD+, forest ecosystem modeling, biodiversity conservation, forest carbon monitoring
Other Specialization: Applied Informatics in environmental science, digital online marketing (certified)

Major Media Coverage: Nature | Mongabay

1. Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

Papers with **** impact factor > 7,*** impact factor > 4, ** with impact factor > 2, * with impact factor > 1

A. Articles in Refereed International Journals
1*. Ghimire, B.R., Nagai, M., Tripathi, N.K., Witayangkurn, A., Mishara, B., Sasaki, N. (2017) Mapping of Shorea robusta Forest Using Time Series MODIS Data. Forests 8, 384.
2*. Chuchird, R., Sasaki, N., Abe, I. (2017) Influencing Factors of the Adoption of Agricultural Irrigation Technologies and the Economic Returns: A Case Study in Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand. Sustainability 9 (9), 1524
3. Kuwornu, J., Taylor, D.A., Anim-Somuah, H. & Sasaki, N. (2017) Application of Livelihood Vulnerability Index in Assessing Smallholder Maize Farming Households’ Vulnerability to Climate Change in Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences (Elsevier).
4. Alam, M.S, Sasaki, N., Datta, A. (2017) Waterlogging, crop damage and adaptation interventions in the coastal region of Bangladesh: A perception analysis of local people. Environmental Development 23, 22-32
5***. Cheng, Q., Sasaki, N., Shivakoti, P.G. & Zang, Y. (2017) Local livelihood under different governances of tourism development in China – A case study of Huangshan Mountain Area. Tourism Management 61, 1-13
6***. Lowe, A.J., Dormontt, E.E., Bowie, M.J., Degen, B., Gardner, S., Thomas, D., Clarke, C., Rimbawanto, A., Wiedenhoeft, A., Yin, Y., Sasaki, N. (2016) Opportunities for improved transparency in the timber trade through scientific verification. BioScience 66 (11), 990-998
7. Cheng, Q., Sasaki, N., Shivakoti, P.G. & Zang, Y. (2016) Effective governance in tourism development – An analysis of local perception in the Huangshan mountain area. Tourism Management Perspectives 20, 112–123
8. Sasaki, N., Asner, G.P., Pan, Y., Knorr, Y., Durst, P.B., Ma, H.O., Lowe, A., Koh, LP. & Putz, F.E. (2016) Sustainable management of tropical forests can reduce carbon emissions and stabilize timber production. Frontiers in Environmental Science 4, 1-13
9. Sasaki, N., Chheng, K., Mizoue, N., Abe, I., Lowe A. (2016) Forest reference emission level and carbon sequestration in Cambodia. Global Ecology and Conservation 7, 82–96
10. Chheng, K., Sasaki, N., Mizoue, N., Khorn, S., Kao, D. & Lowe, A. (2016) Assessment of carbon stocks of semi-evergreen forests in Cambodia. Global Ecology and Conservation 5, 34–47.
11. Chan, S., Sasaki, N. & Ninomiya, H. (2015) Carbon emission reductions by substitution of improved cookstoves and cattle mosquito nets in a forest-dependent community. Global Ecology and Conservation 4, 434-444
12**. Chheng, K., Mizoue, N., Khorn, S., Kao, D. & Sasaki, N. (2015) Tree-based approach to evaluate size dependence of residual tree damage caused by selective felling: Case study in tropical semi-evergreen forests of Cambodia. Forest Ecology and Management 356, 285-292
13. Chan, S. and Sasaki, N. (2014) Assessment of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Phnom Tbeng forest based on socio-economic surveys. Journal of Environmental Protection 5, 1641-1653
14. Aye, Y.Y., Pampasit, S., Umponstira C, Thanacharoenchanaphas, K. & Sasaki N. (2014) Floristic composition, diversity and stand structure of tropical forests in Popa Mountain Park. Journal of Environmental Protection 5, 1588-1602
15. Khun, V. & Sasaki, N. (2014) Cumulative carbon fluxes due to selective logging in Southeast Asia. Low Carbon Economy 5(4) 180-191
16. Khun, V. & Sasaki, N. (2014) Re-assessment of forest carbon balance in Southeast Asia: Policy implications for REDD+. Low Carbon Economy 5(4), 153-171
17. Aye, Y.Y., Pampasit, S., Umponstira C, Thanacharoenchanaphas, K. & Sasaki N. (2014) Estimation of carbon emission reductions by managing dry mixed deciduous forest: case study in Popa Mountain Park. Low Carbon Economy 5, 80-93
18. Sasaki, N., Abe, I., Khun, V., Chan, S., Ninomiya, H. & Chheng, K. (2013) Reducing carbon emissions through improved forest management in Cambodia. Low Carbon Economy 4, 55-67
19. Chan, S. & Sasaki N. (2013) Reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Phnom Tbeng forests. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development 4-1, 19-24
20. Koy, R. & Sasaki, N. (2013) Assessment of local livelihood of forest-dependent communities in Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development 4-1, 63-68
21**. Sasaki, N., Chheng, K. & Ty, S. (2012) Managing production forests for timber production and carbon emission reductions under the REDD+ scheme. Environmental Science & Policy 23, 35–44
22**. Sasaki, N., Owari, T. & Putz, E.F. (2011) Time to substitute wood bioenergy for nuclear power in Japan. Energies 4(7), 1051-1057
23*. Etoh, H., Sasaki, N., Chay, S. & Ninomiya, H. (2011) Carbon emission reduction potentials through thinned wood in Japan. iForest – Biogeosciences and Forestry 4, 107-112
24*. Sasaki, N., Asner, G.P., Knorr, W., Durst, P.B., Priyadi, H. & Putz, F.E. (2011) Approaches to classifying and restoring degraded tropical forests for the anticipated REDD+ climate change mitigation mechanism. iForest – Biogeosciences and Forestry 4, 1-6 with supplemental materials
25. Sasaki, N. & Ty, S. (2011) Potential carbon sinks in tropical forests under the REDD+ mechanism. FORMATH 10, 25-43. DOI: 10.15684/formath.10.25
26. Ty, S., Sasaki, N., Ahmad, A.H., & Zainal Ariffin, Z. (2011) REDD development in Cambodia – potential carbon emission reductions in a REDD Project. FORMATH 10, 1-23. DOI: 10.15684/formath.10.1
27. Chay, S. & Sasaki, N. (2011) Using online tools to assess public responses to climate
change mitigation policies in Japan. Future Internet 3(2) 117-129
28**. Sasaki, N. & Yoshimoto, A. (2010) Benefits of tropical forest management under the new climate change agreement—a case study in Cambodia. Environmental Science and Policy 13, 384-392
29**** Putz, F.E. & Sasaki, N. (2009) What is ‘forest?’: response to Guariguata et al. Conservation Letters 2(6), 288 – 289

30****. Sasaki, N. & Putz, F.E. (2009) Critical need for new definitions of forest and forest degradation in global climate change agreements. Conservation Letters 2, 226–232. Nature Coverage in 2009
31****. Sasaki, N., Knorr, W., Foster, D.R., Ninomiya, H., Etoh, H., Chay, S., Kim, S. & Sun, S. (2009) Woody biomass and bioenergy potentials in Southeast Asia between 1990 and 2020. Applied Energy 86 (S1), S140-S150
32**. Sasaki, N. & Kim, S. (2009) Biomass carbon sinks in Japanese forests: 1966–2012. Forestry: 82(1), 113-123
33. Kim, S., Sasaki, N. & Koike (2008) Assessment of non-timber forest products in Phnom Kok community forest, Cambodia. Asia Europe Journal 6 (2), 345-354
34. Kim, S., Sasaki, N., & Koike (2008) The role of resin trees in poverty alleviation – a case study in Phnom Kok forest community in Cambodia. FORMATH 7, 161-178.
35. Sasaki, N. & Smith, B. (2008) Potential carbon sequestration in Japanese forests during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. FORMATH 7, 1-14
36. Sasaki, N. (2006) Carbon emissions due to land-use change and logging in Cambodia- a modeling approach. Journal of Forest Research 11, 397-403
37*. Kim, S., Kim Phat, N., Koike, M., & Hayashi H. (2006) Estimating actual and potential government revenues from timber harvesting in Cambodia. Forest Policy and Economics 8, 625- 635
38. Kim, S., Kim Phat, N., Koike, M. & Hayashi H. (2005) Cause of historical destruction of forest resource in Cambodia. Journal of Forest Planning 11, 23-31
39**. Kim Phat, N., Knorr, W. & Kim S., (2004) Appropriate measures for conservation of terrestrial carbon stocks – analysis of trends of forest management in Southeast Asia. Forest Ecology and Management 191, 283-299
40. Kim Phat, N., Ouk, S., Uozumi, Y., and Ueki, T. (2001) A case study of the current situation for forest concessions in Cambodia – Constraints and prospects. Journal of Forest Planning 7 (2), 59-67
41. Kim Phat, N., Ouk, S., Uozumi, Y., and Ueki, T., (2000) Stand dynamics of Dipterocarp trees in Cambodia’s evergreen forest and management implications- A case study in Sandan district, Kampong Thom. Journal of Forest Planning 6, 13-23.
42. Kim Phat, N., Ouk, S., Uozumi, Y., and Ueki, T. (1999) Analysis of forest management problems in Cambodia – a case study of F company. Journal of Forest Planning 5, 65-71

B. Articles in Refereed Regional Journals
43. Etoh, H. & Sasaki, N. (2011) Comparison of bioenergy policy promotion toward the utilization of woody biomass in Austria and Japan. FORMATH 10, 351-368 (in Japanese).
44. Etoh, H. & Sasaki, N. (2008) Analysis of the role of wood bioenergy in GHG emission reductions. FORMATH 7, 239-252 (in Japanese)

C. Articles in Refereed National Journals
45. Etoh, H. & Sasaki, N. (2010) Comparison of promotion policies of woody biomass utilization in European Union and Japan. Journal of the Japanese Forest Society 92(2), 88-92 (in Japanese)
46. Kim Phat, N., Kim S., Ouk, S., Uozumi, Y., and Ueki, T. (2002) Management of mixed forest in Cambodia – A case study in Sandan district, Kampong Thom. Journal of Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University 38, 45-54
47. Kim Phat, N., Ouk, S., Uozumi, Y., Ueki, T., and Kim S. (2002) Management of deciduous forest in central Cambodia- A case study in Sandan district. Bulletin of Shinshu University Forest Research 2, 290-309

2. Books and Monographs

1 Sasaki, N. (2015, editor) Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests. Special Issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). MDPI, Zurich. Download here
2 Sasaki, N. (2012) Tropical Forestry Carbon Benefits. Japan Society of Forest Planning Press 228 pp.
3. Sasaki, N. and Yoshimoto (editors) (2008) A forest resource management and mathematical modeling. FORMATH 7. Japan Society of Forest Planning Press, 272p.

3. Book Chapters

1. Sasaki, N. (2013) Understanding the role of forest degradation in climate change mitigation. In Koike, M. & Miki, A. (Eds) Trend of Forests and Forestry in Japan and Southeast Asia. 263-268 pp. Kawabeshorin Publisher (in Japanese)
2. Kapos, V., Kurz, W.A., Gardner, T. (coordinating lead authors), Ferreira, J., Guariguata, M., Lian Pin Koh, Mansourian, S., Parrotta, J.A., Sasaki, N., Schmitt, C.B. (lead authors), Barlow, J., Kanninen, M., Okabe, K., Pan, Y., Thompson I.D., & van Vliet, N. (contributing authors) (2012) Impacts of forest and land management on biodiversity and carbon. In Parrotta, J.A., Wildburger, C. & Mansourian S. (Editors) (2012) Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives. A Global Assessment Report prepared by the Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+. IUFRO, Vienna: 53-82 pp.
3. Etoh, H. & Sasaki, N. (2010) Analysis of the wood biomass promotion problems in Japan from a European perspective. Chapter 7-2 of the book “Technology for the utilization of unutilized wood biomasses and performance evaluation in Japan”. Science and Technology publisher, 246-356 pp (In Japanese)
4. Sasaki, N. (2010) Impact of forest management on wood biomass production and emission reductions in Southeast Asia. Chapter 1-9 of the book “Technology for the utilization of unutilized wood biomasses and performance evaluation in Japan”. Science and Technology publisher, 90-104 pp (in Japanese).
5. House, J., Brovkin, V., Betts, R., Constanza, B., Silva Dias, M. A., Holland, B., Kim Phat, N., Riebesel, U., Scholes, M., Prentice, C., le Quèrè, C., Tegan, I., Manizza, M., Barrett, D. (2005) Climate and air quality. Chapter 13 of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA): 181-216 pp. Island Press
6. Kim Phat, N. (2005) Carbon Emissions from deforestation and logging in tropical forests – a Cambodian case study. In Naito, K. (eds) The Role of Forests for Coming Generations – Philosophy and Technology for Forest Resource Management. Japan Society of Forest Planning Press: 341-356p

Contact: nopheas@ait.ac.th