11 April 2007
Frontier Research Center for Global Change
Dr. Akira Noda has been appointed as a Program Director of the
Global Environment Modeling Research Program
On 2nd April 2007, Dr. Akira Noda has been appointed as a Program Director of the Global Environment Modeling Research Program, Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
After graduating from Faculty of Geophysics, Department of Science, and finishing master and doctor courses of Graduate School of Geophysical Science, the University of Tokyo, Dr. Noda worked for Sendai District Meteorological Observatory, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Then he moved to the Meteorological Research Institute ( MRI/JMA) in Tsukuba Science city and earned a Ph.D. in Science from the University of Tokyo. The title of the thesis was "The generalized Lagrangian-mean(GLM)description of fluid motions in a general coordinate system and its applications to the atmospheric mean meridional circulation."
In the MRI, he took an active role as a member of the general circulation model (GCM) modeling team and the coupled GCM modeling team. He has lead climate research studies as Director of the Climate Research Department, MRI from 2004 to last March. In particular, he developed an atmospheric GCM with a 20km horizontal resolution, as the project leader of the Kyosei Project 4 funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and published the world's first result that tropical cyclone frequency decrease globally but the strongest tropical cyclones with extreme surface winds increase in number while weaker storms decrease in a future warmer climate. It should be noted that the result contributed to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report as one of the important projections.
Internationally Dr. Noda has a carrier as a lead author of the IPCC Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, and a member of the Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) from 1998 to 2004, leading the development of coupled climate models in the world.
Dr. Noda has been engaged in developing climate models for about two decades. Based on the experience and performance of his career, he is expected, as Program Director of Global Environment Modeling Research Program, to further promote the modeling research activities in the Frontier Research Center for Global Change.
Biography of Dr. Akira Noda
Chiharu HORI, Administrative Staff
Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)