• Akimasa Sumi

    Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
    Past President, National Institute for Environmental Studies
Biography

Prof. Akimasa Sumi received his Ba.D and M.S. in physics and his D.Sci in meteorology from University of Tokyo in 1971, 1973, and 1985, respectively. In 1973, Prof. Sumi joined the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Tokyo District Observatory as a member of the technical staff. From 1975-1979 at the agency, he joined the Electronic Computation Center. From 1979-1981, Prof. Sumi served as a research associate in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii. Then from 1981 – 1985, he returned to the Electronic Computation Center at the Japan Meteorological Agency as Chief Technical Officer. Then in 1985 he became associate professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Tokyo where he remained in that post until 1991. From 1991 he became professor of the Center for Climate System Research at the University. And since 1994, Prof. Sumi has been director of the Center for Climate System Research. Throughout Prof. Sumi’s professional career he has also served as a leading member of various committees, such as: the Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP; the CLIVAR Monsoon Panel and Scientific Steering Groups; the TOGA-COARE Science Group and TOGA-Scientific Steering Groups; Vice Chairman of the TAO Implementation Panel. Currently, Dr. Sumi continues on as a Board Member of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Program Scientist of ADEOS-2, a member of JOINT TRMM Science Team, and as Coordinator of the University of Tokyo for AGS (Alliance for Global Sustainability).

Research Fields

His major research topics are numerical weather prediction, Monsoon dynamics, tropical meteorology, climate dynamics including ENSO and global warming simulation
His awards include the Yamamoto Award (1983) and Fujiwara Award (1993)

Major Books

『地球惑星科学』(編著、岩波書店)
『実践!体験!みんなでストップ温暖化〈1〉調べて発表!温暖化のしくみ』(学研教育出版)
『温室効果ガス貯留・固定と社会システム』(共著、コロナ社)
『気候変動がわかる気象学やりなおしサイエンス講座』(NTT出版)
『地球環境とわたしたちの暮らし』(監修、実業之日本社)
『さらに進む地球温暖化』(ウエッジ選書)
『大気大循環モデル、本音で話そう地球温暖化』(丸善)
『地球温暖化問題とは何か、理科総合B 第3編』(数研出版)
『エルニーニョと地球温暖化』(オーム社)、『考えよう地球環境(全7巻)』(ポプラ社)
『科学に基づく政治交渉の重要性、第1章、地球温暖化問題の再検証』(東洋経済新報社)
『地球史が語る近未来の環境、第4章気候の近未来予測』(東大出版社)など、他に共著書多数。

Honors and Awards

1983年日本気象学会山本賞「冬季モンスーンの大規模な特徴の研究」、1994年日本気象学会藤原賞「熱帯大気・海洋系の相互作用の研究」、2005年日経地球環境技術賞。