About OPRI

Staff Members

Toshio Yamagata
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Senior Research Fellow
Toshio Yamagata
Prof./Dr. Toshio Yamagata is known as a researcher of various ocean-rooted climate modes influencing the world climate. He received several honors for his academic achievements. Those include fellows of American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society (AMS), and Japan Geoscience Union.  Major awards he received are the Sverdrup Gold Medal from the AMS in 2004, the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan in 2005, the Prince Albert I Gold Medal from the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans in 2015. He is an honorary member of the Oceanographic Society of Japan, a foreign associate member of l’Academie de Marine of France, and a foreign academician of Nanjing University for Information Science and Technology of China.

details: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/res/ress/yamagata/awards_etc-e.html


  • Climate Dynamics
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Marine Policy Research


Academic/Professional Background
Academic Society etc.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)
  • The Oceanography Society
  • The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
  • The Oceanographic Society of Japan (JOS)
  • The Japan Society of Ocean Policy
  • The Science Council of Japan
Professional Background
Current Positions
  • Project Principal Scientist, Application Laboratory, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
  • Special Researcher, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Emeritus Professor, the University of Tokyo
  • Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
Past Positions
  • Professor and Dean, School of Science, the University of Tokyo
  • Director, Application Lab, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Academic Background
  • D. S.  (Geophysics), the University of Tokyo, 1977
  • M. S. (Geophysics), the University of Tokyo, 1973
  • B. S. (Science), the University of Tokyo, 1971


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