• Ph.D., Dec. 2005 Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University

    Thesis: Role of moisture field in the large-scale surface heat exchanges

  • M.Sc., Mar. 2002 Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University

    Thesis: Atlantic atmosphere-ocean response to the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature variations

  • B.Sc., Mar. 2000 Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science, Tokyo University of Science

    Thesis: Ion-acoustic shock wave in a dusty plasma

Research Experience

  • Jan. 2017 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Plants, Soils & Climate, Utah State University, USA.

  • Mar. 2012 - Dec. 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

    Predictability of hydroclimate variations in the Western US on interannual to decadal timescales using state-of-the-art coupled general circulation models, with Prof. Axel Timmermann and co-PIs (Profs. Lowell Stott, David Noone, and Lisa Sloan).

  • Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2012: Project Researcher, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Near-term climate prediction using a high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation model, headed by Prof. Masahide Kimoto and collaboration with Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo; Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology; and National Institute for Environmental Studies. (From April 2007 to March 2010, I worked as a project researcher at Center for Climate System Research, University of Tokyo, that has been organized as the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institution from April 2010.)

  • Dec. 2005 - Mar. 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan.

    Characteristics of perturbation associated with tropical intraseasonal oscillation, with Prof. Hitoshi Mukougawa and collaboration with the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Teaching Experience

  • A Special Lecture for Japanese high school students:

    ”Is the Earth warming?”, University of Hawaii, October 10, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Invited Lecture in the 19th Summer School by Meteorological Society of Japan:

    ”Predictability and dynamics in the tropical atmosphere based on the ensemble predictions”, August 6-8, 2007, Hokkaido, Japan.

  • April 2002–March 2005, Teaching Assistant, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan:

    Supervised graduate-level classes for training computer skills (e.g., programing, analyzing, and drawing by the Fortran language and GrADS on linux and super computer), discussion course based on textbooks (An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology by Holton; Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics by Gill), and observing ocean states by Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) profiler and water sampling in a local Bay.

  • April–September in 2001 and 2002, Teaching Assistant, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan:

    Supervised undergraduate classes for providing laboratory experiments (fluid dynamics in a rotating tank to see Taylor-proudman columns, Rossby waves, and Ekman pumping), drawing weather maps in troposphere and stratosphere, and analyzing sea water property by a Temperature-Salinity relationship.


  • Young scientist funding

    Kyoto University Active Geosphere Investigation for the 21st Century COE Program (April 2006-March 2007).


  • Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan Award in 2013:

    Mori, M., M. Kimoto, M. Ishii, S. Yokoi, T. Mochizuki, Y. Chikamoto, M. Watanabe, T. Nozawa, H. Tatebe, T. T. Sakamoto, Y. Komuro, Y. Imada, and H. Koyam, (2013): Hindcast Prediction and Near-Future Projection of Tropical Cyclone Activity over the Western North Pacific Using CMIP5 Near-Term Experiments with MIROC, J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, Vol. 91, pp.431-451, doi:10.2151/jmsj.2013-402.

Professional Service

Field of Interests

  • Climate Dynamics & Physical Process

  • Earth System Modeling & Initialization

  • Climate Variability, Predictability & Change

Reviewed Journals


Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, Utah State University
4820 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4820, USA