Michio Kawamiya of Integrated Modeling
Research Program received the 2003 Okada Prize
from the Oceanographic Society of Japan

Michio Kawamiya, Sub-Leader of Integrated Modeling Research Program, Frontier Research System for Global Change, received the 2003 Okada Prize from the Oceanographic Society of Japan (OSJ) for the subject "Study on lower trophic production in the North Pacific by numerical ecosystem modeling". According to a bylaw of the OSJ constitution, "this prize is awarded to one or two young scientists... to recognize significant contributions in the progress in oceanography and related fields".

The subject of the award is the research Kawamiya conduced for Ph.D. in his graduate school. It was shown that results from an ecosystem-circulation coupled model support the "oceanographic provinces" that Longhurst (1995) proposed regarding seasonal variation patterns of surface chlorophyll. Although the same kinds of models have been used to investigate various issues even before, model results have not been analyzed from the above point of view. There, he suggested a novel direction in this study to which this kind of models could be applied.

After finishing and publishing his doctoral dissertation, he has worked as a post doctoral researcher at the Institute for Marine Research, University of Kiel, Germany until last September, with the theme being ecosystem-circulation coupled modeling of the Arabian Sea. After joining the Frontier System for Global Change last October, he has been working on development of an integrated earth system model.