Plants, Soils, and Climate
PhD, Ocean and Atmosphere Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2005
MS, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2002
BS, Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan, 2000
Earth System Modeling with a focus on understanding physical climate processes and productivity
Dr. Chikamoto's research focuses on understanding fundamental physical processes of climate variability, predictability, and change. A key goal of his research is to improve climate forecasts on seasonal-to-decadal timescales. This requires a better understanding of the mechanisms driving climate variability and climate change, as well as the development of improved climate prediction systems. In addition, he is very much interested in expanding the field of multi-year predictions to include other societally relevant variables and Earth system processes, including soil moisture, wildfire variability, forest growth and marine ecosystem productivity. Outcomes from these studies potentially cover agriculture, renewable energy, water management, fisheries stock assessment, and coastal planning, by providing reasonable predictions for precipitation, temperature, sea level rise, and wind patterns.