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Ichiro Fukumori

  • B.S., Geophysics, University of Tokyo, Japan (1983)
  • Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Joint Program in Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1989)

Research Interests
  • Analysis of ocean general circulation using observations and models to understand processes controlling the ocean's mean state and temporal variability
  • Studies of climate variability, its impact on and the role of ocean circulation
  • Data assimilation to estimate the complete time-variable, three-dimensional circulation of the ocean
  • Development and advancement of methods in ocean data assimilation and numerical ocean modeling


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The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) project produces sustained estimates of the complete global three-dimensional state of the ocean by assimilating observations with ocean circulation models.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1992-present)
    • Group Supervisor, Ocean Circulation Group (2005-present)
    • Principal Scientist, Ocean Sciences Group (2003-present)
    • Team Leader, Ocean Data Assimilation, (1999-present)
    • Research Scientist, Ocean Sciences Group (1992-2003)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1990-1992)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989-1990)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2005)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1990-1992)

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Fukumori, I., and O. Wang, 2013: Origins of heat and freshwater anomalies underlying regional decadal sea level trends, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40 (3), 563-567, doi: 10.1002/grl.50164.
  2. Llovel, W., I. Fukumori, and B. Meyssignac, 2013: Depth-dependent temperature change contributions to global mean thermosteric sea level rise from 1960 to 2010, Global and Planetary Change, 101, 113-118.
  3. Wunsch, C., P. Heimbach, R. M. Ponte, and I. Fukumori, 2009: The global general circulation of the ocean estimated by the ECCO-Consortium, Oceanography, 22 (2), 88-103.
  4. Fukumori, I., D. Menemenlis, and T. Lee, 2007. A near-uniform basin-wide sea level fluctuation of the Mediterranean Sea, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 338-358.
  5. Menemenlis, D., I. Fukumori, and T. Lee, 2005. Using Green functions to calibrate an ocean general circulation model, Mon. Weather Rev., 133 (5), 1224-1240.
  6. Fukumori, I., T. Lee, B. Cheng, and D. Menemenlis, 2004. The origin, pathway, and destination of Ninñ water estimated by a simulated passive tracer and its adjoint, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34, 582-604.
  7. Gross, R. S., I. Fukumori, and D. Menemenlis, 2003. Atmospheric and oceanic excitation of the Earth's wobbles during 1980-2000, J. Geophys. Res., 108 (B8), 2370, doi:10.1029/2002JB002143.
  8. Lee, T., I. Fukumori, D. Menemenlis, Z. Xing, and L.-L. Fu, 2002. Effects of the Indonesian Throughflow on the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 32, 1404-1429.
  9. Fukumori, I., 2002. A partitioned Kalman filter and smoother, Monthly Weather Review, 130, 1370-1383.
  10. Fukumori, I., R. Raghunath, L. Fu, and Y. Chao, 1999. Assimilation of TOPEX/POSEIDON data into a global ocean circulation model: How good are the results?, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 25,647-25,665.
  11. Fukumori, I., R. Raghunath, and L. Fu, 1998. Nature of global large-scale sea level variability in relation to atmospheric forcing: A modeling study, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 5493-5512.
  12. Fukumori, I., and P. Malanotte-Rizzoli, 1995. An approximate Kalman filter for ocean data assimilation; an example with an idealized Gulf Stream model, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 6777-6793.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

  1. Fukumori, I., 2014. Combining models and data in large-scale oceanography: Examples from the Consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO), in “Advanced Data Assimilation for Geosciences: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 98”, E. Cosme, M. Bocquet, E. Blayo, Eds., Oxford University Press. 
  2. Fukumori, I., 2006.  What is data assimilation really solving, and how is the calculation actually done?, in “Ocean Weather Forecasting: An Integrated View of Oceanography”, E. P. Chasignet and J.Verron, Eds., Springer, 578pp.
  3. Fukumori, I., 2000. Data Assimilation by Models, in “Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences”, L.-L. Fu and A. Cazenave, editors, Academic Press, 463pp.

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