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Curriculum Vitae:

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


The Estimation of the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) is a consortium effort to estimate the time-varying, 3-D state of the ocean circulation by synthesizing ocean observations with state-of-the-art ocean models.

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OMG will use NASA’s G-III to fly the Glacier and Ice Surface Topography Interferometer (GLISTIN) in order to generate high resolution, high precision elevation measurements of Greenland’s coastal glaciers during the spring.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1992-present)
    • Group Supervisor, Ocean Circulation Group (2005-2015)
    • Principal Scientist, Ocean Sciences Group (2003-present)
    • Team Leader, Ocean Data Assimilation, (1999-2005)
    • 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

Journal Articles

  1. Fukumori, I., O. Wang, W. Llovel, I. Fenty, and G. Forget, 2015: A near-uniform fluctuation of ocean bottom pressure and sea level across the deep ocean basins of the Arctic Ocean and the Nordic Seas, Prog. Oceanogr., 134, 152-172, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.01.013.
  2. Piecuch, C. G., I. Fukumori, R. M. Ponte, and O. Wang, 2015: Vertical structure of ocean pressure variations with application to satellite-gravimetric observations, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 32(3), 603-613, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00156.
  3. Llovel, W., J. K. Willis, F. W. Landerer, and I. Fukumori, 2014: Deep-ocean contribution to sea level and energy budget not detectable over the past decade, Nature Climate Change, 4(11), 1031-1035, doi:10.1038/nclimate2387.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2009.41.
  6. 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, doi:10.1175/Jpo3016.1.
  7. 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, doi:10.1175/Mwr2912.1.
  8. Fukumori, I., T. Lee, B. Cheng, and D. Menemenlis, 2004: The origin, pathway, and destination of Niño3 water estimated by a simulated passive tracer and its adjoint, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34, 582-604, doi:10.1175/2515.1.
  9. Lee, T. and I. Fukumori, 2003: Interannual to decadal variation of tropical-subtropical exchange in the Pacific Ocean: boundary versus interior pycnocline transports, J. Climate, 16, 4022-4042, doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2003)016<4022:Ivotei>2.0.Co;2.
  10. 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.
  11. 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, doi:10.1175/1520-0485(2002)032<1404:Eotito>2.0.Co;2. 
  12. Fukumori, I., 2002: A partitioned Kalman filter and smoother, Monthly Weather Review, 130, 1370-1383, doi:10.1175/1520-0493(2002)130<1370:Apkfas>2.0.Co;2.

 Book Chapters

  1. Fukumori, I., 2015: 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 School of Physics: Special Issue, June 2012”, E. Blayo, M. Bocquet, E. Cosme, and L. F. Cugliandolo Eds., Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723844.003.0023.
  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, doi:10.1007/1-4020-4028-8_11.
  3. Fukumori, I., 2000: Data Assimilation by Models, in “Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences”, L.-L. Fu and A. Cazenave, editors, Academic Press, doi:10.1016/S0074-6142(01)80150-9.

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