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Toshio Yamagata, Director of the Climate Variations Research Program of FRSGC Receives the Sverdrup Gold Medal from the American Meteorological Society Award

November 18, 2003 (JST)

Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Dr. Toshio Yamagata, Director of the Climate Variations Research Program at Frontier Research System for Global Change (FRSGC: Joint project of the JAMSTEC and the NASDA), has been honored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) "for his outstanding accomplishments in the study of ocean and climate dynamics, especially with respect to El Nino and air-sea interaction over the Indian Ocean." Dr. Yamagata will receive the AMS's 2004 Sverdrup Gold Medal at the Annual Awards Banquet to be held as a major event of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society on Wednesday evening, January 14, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Yamagata was also elected as a new fellow of the AMS for his outstanding contributions to the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences.

About Sverdrup Gold Medal

This medal named for H. U. Sverdrup, a pioneer in the field of oceanography, is one of the AMS's highest honors, which is given to researchers who made outstanding contributions to the scientific knowledge of interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere. The past recipients includes eminent scientists such as Dr. Henry Stommel, and Dr. walter H. Munk. In addition, Dr. Julan P. McCreary, the Director of International Pacific Research Center has received the said medal on 1996.

Yamagata's Profile

Dr. Yamagata, after graduating from the Geophysics Department of the University of Tokyo in 1971, received his Doctor of Science in 1977 from the same university. His research has focused on large-scale dynamical processes of the oceans and the atmosphere using both simple and sophisticated models. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Society Award of the Meteorological Society of Japan and the Society Award of the Oceanographic Society of Japan. He has served since 1995 as Professor at Department of Earth and Planetary Science of the University of Tokyo. He is affiliated with the Frontier Research System for Global Change as charter program director of both Climate Variations Research Program and International Pacific Research Center.

Biography of Dr. Toshio Yamagata

Current Interest:
1) Study on predictability and processes of ocean vaiabilities and large scale coupled phenomena such as El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole Mode, and
2) Study on Nonlinear Eddies in Planetary Fluids
Additional Post:
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Oceanic and Atmospheric Science Group
1971 - B.S.: Major in Science, The University of Tokyo
1973 - M.S.: Major in Geophysics, The University of Tokyo
1977 - D.S.: Major in Geophysics, The University of Tokyo
Awards and Honors:
1976: Hidaka Marine Science Foundation Fellowship
1976: GFD Fellow of WHOI, U.S.A.
1981: Okada Memorial Prize of the Oceanographic Society of Japan
1984: Yoshida Science Foundation Fellowship
1985: Toray Science Foundation Fellowship
1987: Society Prize of the Meteorological Society of Japan
1989: Burr Steinbach Scholar of MIT/WHOI, U.S.A.
1997: Society Prize of the Oceanographic Society of Japan
Professional Memberships:
Oceanographic Society of Japan, Meteorological Society of Japan, Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics, American Meteorological Society, American Oceanographic Society (charter life member), American Geophysical Union
Selected Publications:
- T. Qu, H. Mitsudera and T. Yamagata, 1999: A climatology of the circulation and water mass distribution near the Philippine coast. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29, 1488-1505.
- P. N. Vinayachandran, H. H. Saji and T. Yamagata, 1999: Response of the equatorial Indian Ocean to an unusal wind event during 1994. Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, No.11, 1613-1616.
- N. H. Saji, B. N. Goswami, P.N.Vinayachandran and T. Yamagata, 1999: A dipole mode in the tropical Indian Ocean. Nature, 401, 360-363.
- S. K. Bekera, R. Krishnan and and T. Yamagata, 1999: Unusal ocean-atmosphere conditions in the tropical Indian Ocean during 1994. Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, C9, 3001-3004.
- T. Qu, , H. Mitsudera, and T. Yamagata, 2000: Intrusion of the North Pacific waters into the South China Sea, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 6415-6424.
- H. Aiki and T. Yamagata, 2000: Successive formation of planetary lenses in an intermediate layer, Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dynam., 92, 1-29.
- S. K. Behera, P.S. Salvekar and T. Yamagata, 2000: Simulation of interannual SST variability in the tropical Indian Ocean, J. Climate.,13, 3487-3499
- S. Iizuka, T. Matsuura and T. Yamagata, 2000: The Indian Ocean SST dipole simulated in a coupled general circulation model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 3369-3372.
- Z. Guan and T. Yamagata,?2001: Interhemispheric Oscillations in the Surface Air Pressure Field, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 263-266.
- S. K. Behera and T. Yamagata, 2001: Subtropical SST dipole in the southern Indian Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 327-330.
- Y. Masumoto, T. Kagimoto, M. Yoshida, M. Fukuda, N. Hirose and T. Yamagata, 2001: Intraseasonal Eddies in the Sulawesi Sea Simulated in an Ocean General Circulation Model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 1631-1634.
- J. Luo and T. Yamagata, 2001: Long-term El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-like variation with special emphasis on the South Pacific, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 22211-22227.
- K. Ashok, Z. Y. Guan, and T. Yamagata, 2001: Impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole on the relationship between the Indian monsoon rainfall and ENSO. Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 4499-4502.
- S. A. Rao, S. K. Behera, Y. Masumoto, and T. Yamagata, 2002: Interannual subsurface variability in the tropical Indian Ocean with a special emphasis on the Indian Ocean Dipole. Deep-Sea Res. II, 49, 1549-1572.
- JING-JIA Luo and T.Yamagata, 2002: Four Decadal Ocean-Atmosphere Modes in the North Pacific Revealed by Various Analysis Methods. J.Oceanogr., 58, 861-876.
- S.A. Rao, V.V. Gopalakrishna, S.R. Shetye and T.Yamagata, 2002 : Why were cool SST anomalies absent in the Bay of Bengal during the 1997 Indian Ocean Dipole Event? Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, doi : 10.1029/2001GL014645.
- C.Ihara, Y.masumoto, T.Kagimoto and T.Yamagata, 2002 : Eddy Formation Near the Izu-Ogasawara Ridge and its Link with Seasonal Adjustment of the Subtropical Gyre in the Pacific. J. the Korean Society of Oceanography, 37,134-143.
- Fu Gang and T.Yamagata, 2002 : Structure of a pair of anticyclonic vortices in northern part of the South China Sea in autumn of 1994. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 21, No.2, 203-216.
- P.N.Vinayachandran and T.Yamagata, 2003 : Comment on " Indian Ocean : Validation of the Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model and ENSO events during 1958-1998 by V.E.Haugen et al.". J.Geophys.Res., 108, doi : 10.1029/2002JC001624.
- X. Guo, H.Hukuda, Y.Miyazawa, and T.Yamagata, 2003 : A triply nested ocean model for simulating the Kuroshio - Roles of horizontal resolution on JEBAR -. J.Phys.Oceanogr., 33, 146-169.
- S.K.Behera and T.Yamagata, 2003 : NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE Influence of the Indian Ocean Dipole on the Southern Oscillation, J. Meteor.Soc.Jpn., 81, 169-177.
- K.Ashok, Z.Guan and T.Yamagata, 2003 : A Look at the Relationship between the ENSO and the Indian Ocean Dipole. J. Meteor. Soc. Jpn., 81, 41-56.
- S.K. Behera, S. A. Rao, H.N.Saji and T. Yamagata, 2003 : Comments on " A Cautionary Note on the Interpretation of EOFs ". J. Climate., 16, 1087-1093.
- Z.Guan and T.Yamagata, 2003 : The unusual summer of 1994 in East Asia : IOD teleconnections. Geophys.Res.Lett., 30, doi : 10.1029/2002GL016831. ( in press )
- L.Zubair, S.A.Rao and T.Yamagata, 2003 : Modulation of Sri Lankan Maha rainfall by the Indian Ocean Dipole. Geophys. Res.Lett., 30, doi : 10.1029/2002GL015639.
- K.Ashok, Z.Guan and T.Yamagata, 2003 : Influence of the Indian Ocean Dipole on the Australian winter rainfall. Geophys.Res.Lett, 30, doi : 10.1029/2003GL017926.
- Z.Guan, K.Ashok and T.Yamagata, 2003 : Summertime Response of the Tropical Atmosphere to the Indian Ocean Dipole Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies. J.Meteor.Soc.Jpn., 81, 533-561.
- H.Sakuma, H.Sasaki, K.Takahashi, T.Kagimoto. T.Yamagata and T.Sato, 2003 : Global Eddy-Resolving Simulation by the Earth Simulator : Brief Report on the First Run. In RECENT ADVANCES IN MARINE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 2002. (ed. N. Saxena) PACON International. 47-59.
- JING-JIA Luo and T.Yamagata, 2003 : A Model Study on the 1988-89 Warming Event in the Northern North Pacific. J.Phys. Oceanogr., 33, 1815-1828.

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