University News | May 26, 2021
Published on April 20, 2021, the Reuters Hot List ranked 1,000 most influential climate researchers in the world, composed by the news agency Reuters. The list is a synthesis of three ranking parameters, each using different criteria: the number of papers published under the scientist’s name, the field citation ratio, and the public reach score.
Owing to their dedication and hard work, two of Hokkaido University scientists made the list:
Dr. Sei-Ichi Saitoh in the 912th place and Dr. Shoshiro Minobe in the 926th place.
Dr. Saitoh is the former director of Arctic Research Center (ARC-HU) of Hokkaido University and researcher from 2015-2019. His main research is the development and application of satellite and numerical forecasting data for marine research, including potential fishing ground prediction and aquaculture site selection modeling.
“Though it was very surprising and unexpected, I am deeply honored to have been selected as one of the world’s 1000 most influential climate scientists,” Dr. Saitoh acknowledged. “During my tenure, together with my graduate students and collaborators from inside and outside the university, I worked to clarify how marine ecosystems respond to climate change and monitor marine environments using satellite remote sensing and numerical models. I believe such activities have been recognized by Reuters. In the future, I would like to make more contributions to applied research involving climate change, such as investigating its effects on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as possible adaptation measures.”
Dr. Minobe has joined the School of Science as a faculty member since 1989 and is one of the researchers in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Division of Earth and Planetary Dynamics. His research activities are focused on the natural variability and anthropogenic change dynamics in the atmosphere and ocean.
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“I am honored to have been selected as one of 1000 most influential climate scientists in the world. The fact that this list was made reflects the increasing importance of climate research” Dr. Minobe affirmed. “Behind it is global warming, and climate research will only become more crucial due to the increasing effect of global warming. Among Japanese universities, Hokkaido University is a leader in extensive climate science research and education. By cooperating with collaborators, from inside and outside the university, we hope to further devote ourselves to research and academic activities on climate science.”
The Reuters Hot List:
Written by Public Relations Division