2020 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 46.13 49.91 137 4.9%
2 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan 22.51 22.90 79 -1.4%
3 Tohoku University, Japan 21.92 19.88 57 -12.1%
4 Kyoto University, Japan 12.27 16.41 48 29.7%
5 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 10.88 15.59 50 38.9%
6 Hokkaido University, Japan 17.55 14.02 44 -22.5%
7 Kyushu University, Japan 5.55 9.89 34 72.6%
8 Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Japan 6.38 8.49 23 28.9%
9 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 7.96 8.32 33 1.4%
10 Nagoya University, Japan 16.11 7.77 30 -53.2%
11 National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan 4.38 7.24 17 60.1%
12 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 6.12 6.82 33 7.9%
13 Okayama University, Japan 3.76 6.67 22 72.3%
14 Gifu University, Japan 4.05 5.93 7 42.0%
15 Ehime University, Japan 3.54 4.91 18 34.4%
16 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan 5.62 4.38 26 -24.6%
17 National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan 8.50 4.05 17 -53.8%
18 Kobe University, Japan 1.60 3.83 13 132.5%
19 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 3.81 3.47 13 -11.6%
20 University of Tsukuba, Japan 1.60 3.01 15 81.9%
21 RIKEN, Japan 2.14 2.85 10 29.1%
22 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 3.16 1.96 11 -40.1%
23 Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Japan 1.40 1.86 9 28.8%
24 Osaka University, Japan 3.02 1.75 6 -44.0%
25 Shizuoka University, Japan 1.37 1.73 5 22.5%
26 Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Japan 0.76 1.68 5 114.3%
27 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), Japan 0.32 1.65 5 398.3%
28 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 1.78 1.55 20 -15.6%
29 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 0.57 1.51 5 158.2%
30 Hirosaki University, Japan 0.05 1.45 7 2,702.4%
31 Kochi University, Japan 1.46 1.37 13 -9.1%
32 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 0.85 1.34 4 52.9%
33 Gakushuin University, Japan 1.33 2 N/A
34 National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan 1.49 1.24 5 -19.2%
35 Ibaraki University, Japan 1.46 1.24 7 -18.2%
36 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 0.09 1.20 5 1,206.8%
37 Nagasaki University, Japan 1.14 3 N/A
38 Hot Springs Research Institute of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 1.13 2 N/A
39 Toho University, Japan 0.91 1.12 4 19.1%
40 Keio University, Japan 0.39 1.08 4 165.7%
40 Akita Prefectural University, Japan 1.08 2 N/A
41 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 1.49 1.07 2 -30.1%
42 Niigata University, Japan 0.22 1.05 5 364.6%
43 Chuo University, Japan 0.83 1.00 1 16.9%
44 Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan 1.38 0.98 4 -30.7%
45 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 0.19 0.91 2 378.3%
46 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 0.71 0.85 2 16.6%
47 Waseda University, Japan 0.30 0.84 4 174.0%
48 Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan 0.45 0.82 6 76.0%
49 Soka University, Japan 0.80 2 N/A
50 Tokai University, Japan 0.50 0.79 4 52.9%
51 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 0.74 3 N/A
52 Saitama University, Japan 0.01 0.71 1 8,415.8%
53 National Museum of Nature and Science (Kahaku), Japan 0.36 0.70 4 88.4%
54 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 1.00 0.67 1 -35.4%
55 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 0.37 0.61 4 62.0%
56 National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), Japan 0.61 2 N/A
57 Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Japan 0.60 1 N/A
58 Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan 0.17 0.58 2 229.8%
59 Chubu University, Japan 0.01 0.58 4 6,804.9%
60 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 0.56 2 N/A
61 National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan 0.05 0.56 7 987.6%
62 Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan 1.13 0.54 3 -53.7%
63 Fujita Health University, Japan 0.29 0.53 2 80.9%
64 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 0.50 1 N/A
65 Meiji University, Japan 0.09 0.49 2 423.6%
66 The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan 0.46 4 N/A
67 Chiba University, Japan 1.94 0.43 1 -78.6%
68 Building Research Institute (BRI), Japan 0.42 2 N/A
69 Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan 0.19 0.41 2 107.5%
70 Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), Japan 0.33 0.40 1 16.3%
70 JEOL Ltd., Japan 0.40 1 N/A
70 National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan 0.40 1 N/A
71 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 0.39 0.37 2 -7.4%
72 Hokkaido Information University, Japan 0.36 3 N/A
73 FujiFilm Corporation, Japan 0.68 0.33 1 -52.4%
73 Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), Japan 1.50 0.33 1 -78.5%
73 Ibaraki Fishery Research Institute, Japan 0.33 1 N/A
73 Shimizu Corporation, Japan 0.33 1 N/A
73 Shimane Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environmental Science, Japan 0.33 1 N/A
73 West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc., Japan 0.33 1 N/A
73 Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan 0.33 1 N/A
73 Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO), Japan 0.33 1 N/A
74 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 0.16 0.33 3 98.2%
75 University of Hyogo, Japan 0.32 4 N/A
76 Rikkyo University, Japan 0.31 2 N/A
77 Public Works Research Institute, Japan 0.25 0.30 3 17.5%
78 Asia Arsenic Network (AAN) Miyazaki Office, Japan 0.29 1 N/A
79 Yamaguchi University, Japan 0.21 0.25 1 12.9%
79 Kumamoto University, Japan 0.46 0.25 1 -47.7%
79 Doshisha University, Japan 0.63 0.25 1 -61.2%
79 Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan 0.25 1 N/A
79 Rissho University, Japan 0.25 1 N/A
79 Japan Coast Guard Academy (JCGA), Japan 0.25 1 N/A
79 National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Japan 0.25 1 N/A
79 Hokkaido Research Organization (HRO), Japan 0.25 1 N/A
79 Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan 0.25 1 N/A
80 Akita University, Japan 0.20 0.22 1 6.8%
80 Kagoshima University, Japan 1.01 0.22 1 -78.6%
80 Octscience Co., Ltd., Japan 0.22 1 N/A
81 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 0.22 3 N/A
82 KIKAI Institute for Coral Reef Sciences, Japan 0.21 1 N/A
83 Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan 0.02 0.20 9 855.8%
84 Kanto Gakuin University, Japan 0.20 1 N/A
84 Civil Engineering and Eco-Technology Consultants Co, Ltd., Japan 0.20 1 N/A
84 Water Resources Environment Center (WEC), Japan 0.20 1 N/A
84 Shikoku Research Institute Co., Ltd., Japan 0.20 1 N/A
85 Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan 0.13 0.19 2 49.2%
86 Fukushima Prefectural Centre for Environmental Creation, Japan 0.01 0.19 1 1,753.7%
87 Yamagata University, Japan 0.15 0.17 2 10.3%
88 Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), Japan 0.25 0.17 2 -33.3%
89 Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences (NUPALS), Japan 0.11 0.17 1 45.4%
89 Nagoya City Environmental Science Research Institute, Japan 0.14 0.17 1 13.1%
89 Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 0.17 0.17 1 -3.1%
89 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 0.17 1 N/A
89 Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS), Ibaraki University, Japan 0.17 2 N/A
89 Sophia University, Japan 0.17 1 N/A
90 Fukuoka University, Japan 0.20 0.15 1 -25.4%
90 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 0.60 0.15 1 -75.1%
91 High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan 0.09 0.15 2 59.6%
92 Asia Air Survey Co., Ltd., Japan 0.17 0.14 1 -16.9%
92 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 0.14 1 N/A
92 Tokushima University, Japan 0.14 1 N/A
92 Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan 0.14 1 N/A
93 Tottori University, Japan 0.14 2 N/A
94 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan 0.14 0.14 2 -4.3%
95 Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK), Japan 0.25 0.13 1 -51.5%
95 Shimane University, Japan 1.21 0.13 1 -90.0%
95 Fukushima Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Department, Japan 0.13 1 N/A
95 Fukushima Prefectural Research Institute of Fisheries Resources, Japan 0.13 1 N/A
96 Kagawa University, Japan 0.05 0.11 1 115.4%
96 Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan 0.09 0.11 1 18.5%
96 Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), Japan 0.24 0.11 1 -55.2%
97 Aichi University of Education, Japan 1.00 0.10 2 -90.3%
97 National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM), Japan 0.10 1 N/A
97 Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo, Japan 0.10 1 N/A
97 Kurita Water Industries Ltd., Japan 0.10 1 N/A
98 Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST), Japan 0.10 1 N/A
99 Goshoura Cretaceous Museum, Japan 0.08 1 N/A
99 Otsuma Women's University, Japan 0.08 1 N/A
100 Japan Bird Research Association, Japan 0.08 1 N/A
100 St. Luke's International University, Japan 0.08 1 N/A

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