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Hisashi SATO

Name Hisashi SATO (given name, family name)
Sex Male
Date of Birth March 1972

Affiliation Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), 3173-25 Showamachi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, 236-0001, JAPAN [Link]
Position Research Scientist
Phone +81-45-778-5605
Fax +81-45-778-5706
E-mail hsato _at_ jamstec.go.jp

Guest Professor Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo [Link]
Position Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch

My main interest exists for the development of mechanistic models of ecosystem structure and functioning. Indeed, I have been developing the SEIB-DGVM, which simulates plant and carbon dynamics under specified climatic conditions.

During the last several years, I focused on Siberian larch forest, which is the world largest coniferous forest. With its huge area and vast potential carbon pool within the biomass and soil, and with forecasted intensive warming on high latitudinal areas, Siberian larch forest will likely play a major role in the global carbon and energy balances under changing climate. To address its uncertainty, I have further developed the process-based approach by integrating the SEIB-DGVM with the Noah land-surface-model, which simulates soil freeze-thaw processes.

I am also interested in cooperation with field-ecologists, and hence I usually make model codes and related technical materials available on the web as public domains. I believe promoting such open science is vitally important especially for model scientists, since it is essential to accumulate knowledges of many field researchers in order to enhance the reliability of the models, those are intended to reproduce diverse and complex terrestrial-ecosystems.

[Figure] A snap shot of the simulated forest stand (30m*30m of tempelate mixed-forest) of the SEIB-DGVM. Because spatial hetero-structure plays a central role in vegetation dynamics, this model explicitly treat forest 3D structure using individual-basis modeling approach. Individual tree is composed of crown, stem, and root. Shape of crown and stem are approximated by cylinder.

Previous study topics

Publications with peer review

In English

  1. Hayman G, Poulter B, Ghude S. D., Blyth E, Sinha V, Archibald S, Ashworth K, Barlow V, Fares S, Feig G, Hiyama T, Jin J, Juhola S, Lee M, Leuzinger S, Mahecha M. D., Meng X, Odee D, Purser G, Sato H, Saxena P, Semeena V. S., Steiner A, Wang X, Wolff S. (2024)
    Research into land atmosphere interactions supports the Sustainable Development agenda
    Global Sustainability, 7, e12
    [DOI link]
  2. Sato, H., Shibuya, M., Hiura, T. (2023)
    Reconstructing spatiotemporal dynamics of mixed conifer and broad-leaved forests with a spatially explicit individual-based dynamic vegetation model
    Ecological Research, 38(3), 465-478
    [DOI link]
  3. Tong S, Wang W, Chen J, Xu C, Sato H, Wang G. (2022)
    Impact of changes in climate and CO2 on the carbon storage potential of vegetation under limited water availability using SEIB-DGVM version 3.02
    Geoscientific Model Development, 15, 7075-7098
    [DOI link] Open Access
  4. Sato H, Ise T (2022)
    Predicting Global Terrestrial Biomes with Convolutional Neural Network
    Geoscientific Model Development, 15, 3121-3132
    [DOI link]
  5. Li S, Wang Y, Ciais P, Sitch S, Sato H, Shen M, Chen X, Ito A, Wu C, Kucharik C, Yuan W (2022)
    Deficiencies of phenology models in simulating spatial and temporal variations in temperate spring leaf phenology
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 127(3), e2021JG006421
    [DOI link]
  6. Sato H, Kobayashi H, Beer C, Fedorov A (2020)
    Simulating interactions between topography, permafrost, and vegetation in Siberian larch forest
    Environmental Research Letters 15, 095006
    [DOI link] Open Access
  7. Pugh TAM, Rademacher T, Shafer SL, Steinkamp J, Barichivich J, Beckage B, Haverd V, Harper A, Heinke J, Nishina K, Rammig A, Sato H, Arneth A, Hantson S, Hickler T, Kautz M, Quesada B, Smith B, Thonicke K (2020)
    Understanding the uncertainty in global forest carbon turnover
    Biogeosciences 17, 3961-3989
    [DOI link] Open Access
  8. Wu L, Kato T, Sato H, Hirano T. Yazaki T (2019)
    Sensitivity analysis of the typhoon disturbance effect on forest dynamics and carbon balance in the future at a cool-temperate forest in northern Japan by using SEIB-DGVM
    Forest Ecology and Management 451
    [DOI link]
  9. Sato H, Kobayashi H (2018)
    Topography controls the abundance of Siberian larch forest
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 123, 106-116
    [DOI link] Open Access
  10. Guan K, Good SP, Caylor KK, Medvigy D, Pan M, Wood EF, Sato H, Biasutti M, Chen M, Ahlstrom A, Xu X (2018)
    Simulated sensitivity of African terrestrial ecosystem photosynthesis to rainfall frequency, intensity, and rainy season length
    Environmental Research Letters 13(2)
    [DOI link] Open Access
  11. Takata K, Patra P, Kotani A, Mori J, Belikov D, Ichii K, Saeki T, Ohta T, Saito K, Ueyama M, Ito A, Maksyutov S, Miyazaki S, Burke E, Ganshin A, Iijima Y, Ise T, Machiya H, Maximov T, Niwa Y, O'ishi R, Park H, Sasai T, Sato H, Tei S, Zhuravlev R, Machida T, Sugimoto A, Aoki S (2017)
    Reconciliation of top-down and bottom-up CO2 fluxes in Siberian larch forest
    Environmental Research Letters 12
    [DOI link]
  12. Tei S, Sugimoto A, Maochang L, Yonenobu H, Matsuura Y, Osawa A, Sato H, Fujinuma J, Maximov T (2017)
    Radial Growth and Physiological Response of Coniferous Trees to Arctic Amplification.
    Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122(11), 2786-2803
    [DOI link]
  13. Fisher RA, Koven CD, Anderegg WRL, Christoffersen BO, Dietze MC, Farrior C, Holm JA, Hurtt G, Knox RG, Lawrence PJ, Lichststein JM, Longo M, Matheny AM, Medvigy D, Muller-Landau HC, Powell TL, Serbin SP, Sato H, Shuman J, Smith B, Trugman AT, Viskari T, Verbeeck H, Weng E, Xu C, Xu X, Zhang T, Moorcroft P (2018)
    Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: a review of progress and priorities.
    Global Change Biology 24(1) 35-54
    [DOI link]
  14. Tei S, Sugimoto A, Yonenobu H, Matsura Y, Osawa A, Sato H, Fujinuma J, Maximov T (2017)
    Tree-ring analysis and modeling approaches yield contrary response of circumboreal forest productivity to climate change.
    Global Change Biology 23, 5179-5188
    [DOI link]
  15. Kondo M, Saito TM, Sato H, Ichii K (2017)
    Comprehensive synthesis of spatial variability in carbon flux acrossmonsoon Asian forests
    Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 232, 623-634
    [DOI link] Open Access
  16. Sato H, Kobayashi H, Iwahana G, Ohta T (2016)
    Endurance of larch forest ecosystems in eastern Siberia under warming trends
    Ecology and Evolution, 6(16), 5690-5704
    [DOI link] Open Access
  17. Sueyoshi T, Saito K, Miyazaki S, Mori J, Ise T, Arakida H, Suzuki R, Sato A, Iijima Y, Yabuki H, Ikawa H, Ohta T, Kotani A, Hajima T, Sato H, Yamazaki T, Sugimoto A (2016)
    The GRENE-TEA Model Intercomparison Project (GTMIP) stage 1 forcing dataset
    Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 1-14
    [DOI link] Open Access
  18. Miyazaki S, Saito K, Mori J, Yamazaki T, Ise T, Arakida H, Hajima T, Iijima Y, Machiya H, Sueyoshi T, Yabuki H, Burke EJ, Hosaka M, Ichii K, Ikawa H, Ito A, Kotani A, Matsuura Y, Niwano M, Nitta T, O'ishi R, Ohta T, Park H, Sasai T, Sato A, Sato H, SugimotoA, Suzuki R, Tanaka K, Yamaguchi S, Yoshimura K (2015)
    The GRENE-TEA model intercomparison project (GTMIP): overview and experiment protocol for Stage 1
    Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2841-2856
    [DOI link] Open Access
  19. Sato H, Kumagai T, Takahashi A, Katul G (2015)
    Effects of different representations of stomatal conductance response to humidity across the African continent under warmer CO2-enriched climate conditions
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 120
    [DOI link] Open Access
  20. Sato H, Ito A, Ito A, Ise T, Kato E (2015)
    Current Status and Future of Land Surface Models
    Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 61(1), 34-47
    [DOI link] Open Access
  21. Guan K, Good SP, Caylor KK, Sato H, Wood EF, Li H (2014)
    Continental-scale impacts of intra-seasonal rainfall variability on simulated ecosystem responses in Africa
    Biogeosciences, 11, 6939-6954
    [DOI link]
  22. Ishii S, Sato H, Yamazaki T (2013)
    Geographical variability of relationships among black carbon from wildfires, climate and vegetation in Africa
    Climate Research 57(3), 221-231
    [DOI link] Open Access
  23. Sato H, Ise T (2012)
    Effect of plant dynamic processes on African vegetation responses to climate change: analysis using the spatially explicit individual-based dynamic global vegetation model (SEIB-DGVM)
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 117
    [DOI link] Open Access
  24. Watanabe S, Hajima T, Sudo K, Nagashima T, Takemura T, Okajima H, Nozawa T, Kawase H, Abe M, Yokohata T, Ise T, Sato H, Kato E, Takata K, Emori S, Kawamiya M (2011)
    MIROC-ESM: model description and basic results of CMIP5-20c3m experiments
    Geosci. Model Dev. 4, 845-872
    [DOI link] Open Access
  25. Sato H, Kobayashi H, Delbart N (2010)
    Simulation study of the vegetation structure and function in eastern Siberian larch forests using the individual-based vegetation model SEIB-DGVM
    Forest Ecology and Management, 259, 301-311
    [DOI link]
  26. Sato H (2009)
    Simulation of the vegetation structure and function in a Malaysian tropical rain forest using the individual-based dynamic vegetation model SEIB-DGVM
    Forest Ecology and Management 257(11), 2277-2286
    [DOI link]
  27. Ise T, Hajima T, Sato H, and Kato T (2009)
    Simulating the two-way feedback between terrestrial ecosystems and climate: Importance of forest ecological processes on global change.
    In Forest Canopies: Forest Production, Ecosystem Health, and Climate Conditions. pp. 111-126. New York, NOVA.
  28. Ise T, H. Sato (2008)
    Representing subgrid-scale edaphic heterogeneity in a large-scale ecosystem model: A case study in the circumpolar boreal regions.
    Geophysical Research Letters 35, L20407., doi:10.1029/2008GL035701
    [DOI link]
  29. Sato H, Itoh A, Kohyama T (2007)
    SEIB-DGVM: A New Dynamic Global Vegetation Model using a Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Approach
    Ecological Modelling 200(3-4), 279-307.
    [DOI link]
  30. Kawamiya M, Yoshikawa C, Sato H, Sudo K, Watanabe S, Matsuno T (2005)
    Development of an Integrated Earth System Model on the Earth Simulator.
    Journal of Earth Simurator 4, 18-30.
  31. Sato H (2002)
    Invasion of unisexuals in hermaphrodite populations of animal-pollinated plants: Effects of pollination ecology and floral size-number trade-offs.
    Evolution 56(12), 2374-2382.
    [DOI link]
    Sato H (2003)
    Invasion of unisexuals in hermaphrodite populations of animal-pollinated plants: effects of pollination ecology and floral size-number trade-offs (ERRATUM)
    Evolution 57(3), 690-690.
    [DOI link] Open Access
  32. Sato H (2002)
    The role of autonomous self-pollination in the evolution of floral longevity in varieties of Impatiens hypophylla (Balsaminaceae).
    American Journal of Botany 89(2), 263-269.
    [link] Open Access
  33. Sato H, Yahara T (1999)
    Trade-offs between flower number and investment to a flower in selfing and outcrossing varieties of Impatiens hypophylla (Balsaminaceae).
    American Journal of Botany 86(12), 1699-1707.
    [link] Open Access
  34. Murakami N, Nishiyama T, Satoh H, Suzuki T (1997)
    Marked spatial genetic structure in three populations of a weedy fern, Pteris multifida Poir., and reestimation of its selfing rate Plant Species Biology 12, 97-106.

In Japanese

  1. Hisashi SATO, Akihiko ITOH, Shoji HASHIMOTO (2018)
    Japanese Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 89(2)
    Simulating material cycles on land surface at global scales, a review
  2. Sato H (2008),
    Japanese Journal of Ecology 58(1), 11-21.
    Current status and future direction of biogeochemical models, a review
  3. Ito A, Ichii K, Tanaka K, Sato H, Emori S, Oikawa T (2004)
    Tenki 51(4), 227-239.
    Land process models used in earth-system models: State-of-the-Art

Press Releases

Hisashi SATO (22 July 2016)
Siberian Larch Forests Can Persist Despite Permafrost Melting under Forecasted Warming Trends - A new model presents more accurate prediction of global climate changes - [link]

Membership in Professional Organizations

1. Ecological Society of Japan.
2. Meteorological Society of Japan.
3. American Geophysical Union. 4. European Geosciences Union.


Fluent in Japanese; can read, write, and communicate in English.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experiences

Current Position

Associate Professor at Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

Researcher at Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Postdoctoral research fellow at Biotron Institute, Kyushu Univ.

JSPS [Japan Society for Promotion of Science] Research fellow at Kyushu Univ.


March 2000: Dr. of Science, Kyushu Univ., Advisor: Prof. Tetsukazu YAHARA
Thesis:"Evolutionary study on the mating-system differentiation between two varieties of Impatiens hypophylla (Balsaminaceae)"

March 1997: M.S. of Science, The Kyushu Univ., Advisor: Prof. Tetsukazu YAHARA
Thesis: "Differentiation in floral morphology and its function between two varieties of Impatiens hypophylla"

March 1995: B.S. of Science, The University of Tokyo.

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