About OPRI

Staff Members

Kotaro Tanaka
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Research Fellow
Kotaro Tanaka
Kotaro Tanaka started his career as a marine bio-acoustician. He is currently working for promoting the Digital Transformation (DX) of the ocean, including ocean-space collaboration, in a way that maintain a respectful relationship with society. He is also working as an ECOP (Early Career Ocean Professionals) under the initiative of UN Decade of Ocean Science, aiming at expansion of a transdisciplinary ECOP network in Japan and bridge it to the networks in other nations/regions.


  • Underwater Bioacoustics
  • Ocean-Space policy
  • Ocean Visualization
2023 Kotaro Tanaka, Kotaro Ichikawa, Tomonari Akamatsu, Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Nobuaki Arai and Hiromichi Mitamura.
“Spatiotemporal variations in the acoustic presence of dugongs and vessel traffic around Talibong Island, Thailand: Inputs for local coastal management from passive acoustical aspects”, Ocean and Coastal Management, 245, 106810.
2022 Kotaro Tanaka, Mengyao Zhu, Kohei Miyaji, Tadayuki Kurokawa and Tomonari Akamatsu.
“Spatial distribution maps of real-time ocean observation platforms and sensors in Japanese waters”, Marine Policy, 141, 105102.
2022 Kotaro Tanaka, Kotaro Ichikawa, Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Nobuaki Arai and Hiromichi Mitamura. 
“Spatial variation of vocalising dugongs around Talibong Island, Thailand”, Bioacoustics, 1-15.


  • Promotion of Ocean Digital Society
  • Demonstrating the benefit of Satellite VDES
Academic/Professional Background
Professional Background
  • Research Fellow, Japan Fisheries Science & Technology Association(2021–)
  • Adjunct Researcher, Integrated Institute for Regulatory Science,Research Organization for Nano & Life Innovation,Waseda University(2021–)
  • JSPS Research Fellow(DC2)(2019–2021)
  • Visiting student, JSPS Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB),Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain(2018–2019)
Academic Background
  • Ph.D in Informatics, Kyoto University
  • MSc in Informatics, Kyoto University
  • BSc in Bioresource Science, Kyoto University


Japanese, English

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