Kyoto University, Japan
Prof. Nakakita received both his Bachelor, Masters, and Dr. Eng. degrees from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1983, 1985 and 1990 respectively He started his career at Water Resources Research Center at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University from 1985 - 1999 first as research associate and later promoted to Associate Professor. In 1992 he spent about one sabbatical year at Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research at The University of Iowa. In 2000 he moved to Department of Global Environment Engineering, a graduate school of engineering of Kyoto University. In 2004 he returned to DPRI as professor in Research Division of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Disasters, DPRI, Kyoto University, and the director for Planning & Strategy, Institute of Sustainability Science (ISS), Kyoto University. He has been holding visiting researcher/professor position at various national and international institution, e.g. National Research Institute for Erath Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Japan; Tropical Marine Science Institute at National University of Singapore.
His research fields are Hydrometeorology, Water Resources Engineering, Radar Hydrology, River Hydrology. He has been especially engaged in quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) with weather radar by combining his own developed mesoscale atmospheric numerical model. He is currently also engaged in Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE) with polarimetric radar, and in global analysis of abnormal rainfall in various spatiotemporal scales taking catchment and human characteristics, and the climate change into considerations.
He has participated in disaster survey teams attached to Japan Society of Civil Engineers to such places like Venezuela in 2000, Cambodia and Vietnam (Mekong delta) in 2000, Europe (Elbe and Danube) in 2002, and New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina) in 2006. He is leading the "Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Watersheds in a Disaster Environment", a discipline in "Extreme Event Projection" team under the "Innovative Program of Climate Change Projection for the 21st Century" (KAKUSHIN Program; FSY 2007-2011) and “Precise impact assessments on climate change” team under “ under the “Program for Risk Information on Climate Change (Sousei Program; FSY 2012-2016) launched by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). He is also a member of subcommittees for reacting to the climate change in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), and the Ministry of the Environment. Also, he is a member of committees for utilizing weather radar into river management in MLIT.