Masato Shinoda graduated from the University of Tokyo, in 1983 with a B.S. degree in climatology. She then attended a graduate school in the Department of Geography at the University of Tokyo, receiving an M.S. degree in 1985 and a D.S. degree in 1991. From 1986 to 1987, she served as a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Meteorology, University of Nairobi of Kenya under the Rotary Foundation Scholarship. From 1989 to 1900, she received a research fellowship for the doctoral course students of the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science. She moved to the Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1990, where she worked as a Lecturer and promoted to an Associate Professor in 1992. She worked on sabbatical as a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Mongolia from 2003 to 2005. She moved to the Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University in 2006, leading the dust study under the “Global center of excellence for dryland science” Program by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. She served as an Author or Expert Reviewer of the Second to Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She served as an Editor of the English issue of the Geographical Review of Japan. She serves as an Editor of the Atmospheric Sciences Domain of The Scientific World Journal. Her research involves many observational aspects of climatology. The field of specialization includes ecological climatology: study on ecoclimate system dynamics; climate change in arid region, drought sciences, early warning system of meteorological disasters, and dust-vegetation interaction. Her study area covers world arid regions extending from the tropical Sahel to mid-latitude Central Asia and Mongolia.
Biography Updated on 14 March 2012