Masao Kanamitsu received his degree in geophysics from Hokkaido University, and his Ph.D. degree in meteorology from Florida State University in 1968 and 1975, respectively. He served as a Forecaster at Japan Meteorological Agency, as a Leader of the Global Modeling Branch, Development Division, and later as an Acting Chief of the Prediction Branch at the Climate Prediction Center of the National Meteorological Center. Kanamitsu was a Visiting Scientist at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. Since 2001, Dr. Kanamitsu has been a Research Meteorologist at the Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, where he is working on climate forecast research based on numerical modeling, seasonal predictability, model parameterization, reanalysis, and dynamical downscaling. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Kanamitsu received the Award of the Meteorological Society of Japan in 1983, the Administrator’s Award from NOAA in 1991, a Group Gold Medal from the Department of Commerce in 1997 for his work on NCEP/NCAR reanalysis, and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2000 for his contribution to seasonal forecasting. He served as an Editor for the Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (1980–1985) and the Monthly Weather Review (1991–1993).
Biography Updated on 22 June 2008