Department of Physical Oceanography
Works towards the quantitative and physical understanding of ocean circulation and its variability, water mass formation, atmosphere-ocean interactions, atmospheric and oceanic disturbances through observations, experiments, and theory.

Sections and staff

Ocean Circulation Section
Main themes
  • Variability of upper ocean circulation in the Pacific
  • Observation and dynamics of Pacific intermediate and deep circulations and mixing
  • Long-term variations of climate, ocean and ecosystem
Research staff
Dynamic Marine Meteorology Section
Main themes
  • Atmospheric general circulation, Tropical atmosphere, Global cloud resolving model
  • Dynamics of convective clouds and their organization
  • Atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers
  • Laboratory experiments on atmospheric and oceanic disturbances
Research staff
Ocean Variability Dynamics Section
Main themes
  • Observation of temporal variability of deep currents
  • Numerical modeling of deep circulation
  • Monitoring of the Kuroshio using submarine cables
Research staff

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute The University of Tokyo