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Faculty

Applied Physical Oceanography


Largest Significant wave height (m) based on 21 year hind-cast.
Largest Significant wave height (m) based on 21 year hind-cast.

SAR images near an island in the Kuroshio and numerically repro duced internal waves.
SAR images near an island in the Kuroshio and numerically repro duced internal waves.

Sustainable ocean development cannot be achieved without a strong knowledge of the relevant physics.
Our mission is to better understand the mechanisms and processes that effect the ocean and to make use of this knowledge in ocean utilization and protection.

The principle objective of our research is to intelligently utilize the ocean based on a good understanding of its physics. To further our understanding we conduct field observations, laboratory experiments and numerical simulations. Facilities available to us, to collect these results, include the Hiratsuka ocean observation tower, large experimental wave tanks, and super computers. Applications of our research results include ship navigation, feasibility studies of marine renewable energy and disaster prevention. Furthermore, our constructed ocean information such as wave and ocean current energy data are made freely available by our user-friendly data server (*). Wind fields over the ocean have been also studied through the wind challenger project and support for national sailing teams.

*http://www.todaiww3.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/nedo_p/jp/webgis/




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