Prof. Kimio Hanawa received B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in geophysics from Tohoku University, in 1976, 1978 and 1987, respectively. In 1981, he started his academic carrier in Tohoku University as a research associate. Then he was promoted to lecturer in 1985 and to associate professor in 1987 and to full professor in 1994. He is now professor of the Department of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University.
His current research field is physical oceanography, especially large-scale air-sea interaction such as El Nino/Southern Oscillation event and decadal variability, water mass formation and global ocean circulation. He is also devoted to establishing a global ocean monitoring system using the voluntary observing ship and Argo floats.
He received the Horiuchi Prize from the Meteorological Society of Japan in 1989, and Society Prize from the Oceanographic Society of Japan in 2000.
He has been serving on several international projects as a science steering committee member and a panel member including CLIVAR/WCRP, and international conferences as chairs, and keynote/invited speakers.
He is now a chair of the National Committee for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean, Science Council of Japan, and also a secretary of the National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oceanography, and an officer of the Oceanographic Society of Japan.
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