CV (English)

Education

2016: Doctor of Science (The Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan)
     Thesis title:
            “Development of the physical snowpack model SMAP:
            Application to seasonal snowpack in Japan and the Greenland ice sheet”
     Supervisors:
           Prof. Kouichi Nishimura,  Prof. Teruo Aoki, Dr. Koji Fujita, and Prof. Tetsuya Hiyama
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2004: B.Sc. (Meteorological College, Japan)

Professional career and affiliations

2018–Present: Senior Researcher, Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency

2019 September –Present: Guest Researcher, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience

2018 October–Present: Visiting scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

2008–2018: Researcher, Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency

2004–2008: Government official, Japan Meteorological Agency

Service

  • 2019–Present: Board member of the western branch of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice
  • 2019–Present: Member of the steering committee of the 5th period Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR)
  • 2011–Present: Committee member of information provision of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice
  • 2008–Present: Editor of bulletin of the Meteorological Society of Japan “TENKI”
  • 2018–2020: The Sixth International Symposium for Arctic Research (ISAR-6) Symposium Organizing Committee
  • 2018–2019: Co-convener of “Science in the Arctic Region (A-CG37)” in JpGU Meeting 2019
  • 2017–2019: Member of the steering committee of the 4th period Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR)
  • 2017–2019: Editor of Bulletin of Glaciological Research (BGR) published by the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice
  • 2012: Executive committee of annual spring meeting of the Meteorological Society of Japan at Tsukuba

Awards

  • 2017: Hirata Award by the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice
  • 2015:  Outstanding paper award of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice

Grants

  • PI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP18H05054 “Establishment of a next-generation Antarctic Ice Sheet surface mass balance estimation method”
  • PI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP17KK0017 “Pioneering the state of the art in the Greenland ice sheet climate system study”
  • PI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP17K12817 “Investigation of surface mass loss mechanism in the Greenland ice sheet through development of a next generation polar regional climate model and multi-point in-situ measurements”
  • CI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP 18H03363 (PI: Dr. Naga Oshima, Meteoroogical Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency) “Evaluation of climate effects of black carbon over the Arctic with an advanced earth system model”
  • CI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP16H01772 (SIGMA project, 2016–2019) (PI: Prof. Teruo Aoki, National Institute of Polar Research) “Recent surface darkening and abrupt melting of Greenland ice sheet (SIGMA2)”
  • CI of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number JP15H01733 (SACURA project, 2015–2019) (PI: Dr. Satoru Yamaguchi, Snow and Ice Research Center, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience) “Study of advanced cryosphere monitoring using reflectance properties of snow based on application of new measurement technologies and snow physical models (SACURA project)”

Fieldwork

At present, Dr. Niwano has stayed on the Greenland ice sheet for total 101 days to perform field measurements since 2012.

  • 2020: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2019: Q19 summer south Greenland expedition (L.: Prof. Jason Box), 1 days on the ice sheet
  • 2019: Q19 spring south Greenland expedition (L.: Prof. Jason Box), 11 days on the ice sheet
  • 2019: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2018: EGRIP camp, Greenland ice sheet (L.: Dr. Sumito Matoba), 22 days on the ice sheet
  • 2018: SIGMA-Traverse, a traverse expeditiong in the northwestern Greenland ice sheet using a traditional Greenlandic style dog-sledge (L.: Dr. Niwano), 13 days on the ice sheet
  • 2018: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2017: Northwestern Greenland ice sheet (L.: Dr. Sumito Matoba), 16 days on the ice sheet
  • 2017: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2016: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2015: Qaanaaq ice cap in the northwestern Greenland (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2015: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2014: Northwestern Greenland ice sheet (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki), 10 days on the ice sheet
  • 2014: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2013: Northwestern Greenland ice sheet (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki), 7 days on the ice sheet
  • 2013: Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2012: Northwestern Greenland ice sheet (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki), 21 days on the ice sheet
  • 2011: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2010: Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)
  • 2009: Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Japan (L.: Prof. Teruo Aoki)

In addition to the above-mentioned fieldwork, Dr. Niwano greatly contributes to maintain automated weather stations installed in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan and the Greenland ice sheet.

Professional societies

  • European Geosciences Union (EGU): 2011–Present (Lifetime member)
  • International Glaciological Society (IGS): 2010–Present
  • Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU): 2009–Present
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU): 2008–Present (Lifetime member)
  • Japanese Society of Snow and Ice: 2008–Present
  • Meteorological Society of Japan: 2003–Present

Review experiences of scientific papers/proposals

  • Bulletin of Glaciological Research
  • Cold Regions Science and Technology
  • Deep Sea Research II
  • Earth System Science Data
  • Environmental Research Lettre
  • Grant of The Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium
  • Grant of The Netherlands e-Science Center (NLeSC) and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, the Dutch Research Council)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
  • Nature Communications
  • Polar Science
  • The Cryosphere
  • Seppyo
  • SOLA

IT skills

Fortran, Unix, shell scripting, html, python, GrADS, GMT, LaTeX, Windows batch programming

Languages

Japanese (mother tongue), English