Yusuke Uchiyama

Doctor of Engineering
Professor at Kobe University


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Kobe University
Department of Civil Engineering
1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku
Kobe 657-8501

Phone: +81-78-803-6071
Fax: +81-78-803-6069 (Department Office)
E-mail: uchiyama@harbor.kobe-u.ac.jp
Office: Engineering Complex 1W-308


Academic Appointments


2015 – present

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

2016 – present

Adjunct Researcher, Port and Airport Research Institute, Yokosuka, Japan

2016 – 2017

Visiting Professor, Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

2011 – 2015

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

2005 – 2011

Assistant Research Geophysicist, Inst. Geophys. & Planetary Phys., University of California at Los Angeles, USA

2002 – 2004

Visiting Scholar / JST-JSPS Overseas Research Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

University of Califronia, Berkeley, USA

2001 – 2005

Senior Researcher, Littoral Drift Division, Port and Airport Research Institute, Yokosuka, Japan

1998 – 2001

Research Engineer, Littoral Drift Laboratory, Port and Harbour Research Institute, Yokosuka, Japan

1995 – 1998

Ph.D. student / JSPS Research Fellow (DC1), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan


Editorial Services



Ocean Modelling (Elsevier), Editorial Board


Coastal Engineering Journal (Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor-in-Chief



Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, Third Edition (Elsevier), Wave Section Editor

Progress in Oceanography (Elsevier), Guest Editor


Journal of JSCE Series B (Japan Soc. Civil Eng.), Editor

2014 2017

Coastal Engineering Journal (World Scientific), Editor


Scientific Contributions



ROMS (Regional Oceanic Modeling System) Associate Developer


CROCO (Coastal and Regional Ocean COmmunity Model) Associate Developer



SBC LTER (Santa Barbara Coastal Longterm Ecological Research) Associate Investigator

CSTM (Community Sediment Transport Modeling System) Modeling Collaborator






Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology



Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology



Envirnmental Informatics, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Selected Publications


1.        Masunaga, E., Uchiyama, Y. and Yamazaki, H. (2019): Strong nonlinear internal waves generated by the interaction of the Kuroshio Current and tides over a shallow ridge, J. Phys. Oceanogr. (submitted)

2.        Akan, C., McWilliams, J.C. and Uchiyama,Y.. (2019): Topographic and coastline influences on surf eddies, Ocean Modell. (in revision)

3.        Uchiyama, Y. (2019): Surface gravity and capillary waves, Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences Third Edition, 10 pp., Elsevier, Amsterdam, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11465-4 (in press)

4.        Nagai, T., Clayton, S. and Uchiyama, Y. (2019): Multiscale routes to supply nutrients through the Kuroshio nutrient stream, In: Kuroshio Current: Physical, Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Dynamics, Geophysical Monograph Series, Eds: Nagai, T., Saito, H., Suzuki, K. and Takahashi, M., John Wiley & Sons, NY, ISBN:1119428343 (in press)

5.        Cao, Y., Dong, C., Uchiyama, Y., Wang, J. and Yin, X. (2018): Multiple-scale variations of wind generated wave in the Southern California Bight, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi: 10.1029/2018JC014505

6.        Uchiyama, Y., Odani, S., Kashima, M., Kamidaira, Y. and Mitarai, S. (2018): Influences of the Kuroshio on interisland remote connectivity of corals across the Nansei Archipelago in the East China Sea, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi: 10.1029/2018JC014017

7.        McWilliams, J.C., Akan, C. and Uchiyama,Y. (2018): Robustness of nearshore vortices, J. Fluid Mech., Vol. 850, R2, 12 pp., doi: 10.1017/jfm.2018.510

8.        Kamidaira, Y., Uchiyama, Y., Kawamura, H., Kobayashi, T. and Furuno, A. (2018): Submesoscale mixing on initial dilution of the radionuclides released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, Vol. 123, No.4, pp. 2808-2828, doi: 10.1002/2017JC013359

9.        Masunaga, E., Uchiyama, Y., Suzue, Y. and Yamazaki, H. (2018): Dynamics of internal tides over a shallow ridge investigated with a high-resolution downscaling regional ocean model, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 45, No. 8, pp. 3550-3558, doi: 10.1002/2017GL076916

10.     Uchiyama, Y., Zhang, X., Suzue, Y., Kosako, T., Miyazawa, Y. and Nakayama, A. (2018): Residual effects of treated effluent diversion on a seaweed farm in a tidal strait using a multi-nested high-resolution 3-D circulation-dispersal model, Mar. Pollut. Bull., Vol. 130, pp.40-54, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.03.007

11.     Tada, H., Uchiyama, Y. and Masunaga, E. (2018): Impacts of two super typhoons on the Kuroshio and marginal seas on the Pacific coast of Japan, Deep-Sea Res. Part I, Vol. 132, pp.80–93, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.12.007.

12.     Uchiyama, Y., Kanki, R., Takano, A., Yamazaki, H. and Miyazawa, Y. (2018): Mesoscale reproducibility in regional ocean modeling with a 3-D stratification estimate based on Aviso-Argo data, Atmosphere-Ocean, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 212-229, doi: 10.1080/07055900.2017.1399858

13.     Dauhajre, D.P., McWilliams, J.C. and Uchiyama, Y. (2017): Submesoscale coherent structures on the continental shelf, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 47, pp. 2949 - 2976, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-16-0270.1

14.     Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J.C. and Akan, C. (2017): Three-dimensional transient rip currents: Bathymetric excitation of low-frequency intrinsic variability, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, Vol. 122, doi:10.1002/2017JC013005

15.     Kamidaira, Y., Uchiyama, Y. and Mitarai, S. (2017): Eddy-induced transport of the Kuroshio warm water around the Ryukyu Islands in the East China Sea, Cont. Shelf Res., Vol. 143, pp. 206–218, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2016.07.004

16.     Uchiyama, Y., Suzue, Y. and Yamazaki, H. (2017): Eddy-driven nutrient transport and associated upper-ocean primary production along the Kuroshio, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, Vol. 122, pp. 5046–5062, doi:10.1002/2017JC012847

17.     Romero, L., Siegel, D.A., McWilliams, J.C., Uchiyama, Y. and Jones, C. (2016): Characterizing stormwater dispersal and dilution from small coastal streams, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, Vol. 121, pp. 3926–3943, doi:10.1002/2015JC011323

18.     Kumar, N., Feddersen, F., Suanda, S., Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J. and O'Reilly, W. (2016): Mid- to inner-shelf coupled ROMS-SWAN model-data comparison of currents, and temperature: Diurnal and semi-diurnal variability, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 46, pp. 841-862, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0103.1

19.     Marchesiello, P., Benshila, R., Almar, R., Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J. and Shchepetkin, A. (2015): On tridimensional rip current modeling, Ocean Modell., Vol. 96:1, pp. 36–48, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.07.003

20.     Kumar, N., Feddersen, F., Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J. and O'Reilly, W. (2015): Mid-shelf to surf zone coupled ROMS-SWAN model-data comparison of waves, currents, and temperature: Diagnosis of subtidal forcings and response, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 45, pp.1464–1490, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0151.1

21.     Uchiyama, Y., Idica, E., McWilliams, J.C. and Stolzenbach, K.D. (2014): Wastewater effluent dispersal in Southern California Bays, Cont. Shelf Res., No. 76, pp. 36-52, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2014.01.002

22.     Romero, L., Uchiyama, Y., Ohlmann, C., McWilliams, J.C. and Siegel, D.A. (2013): Particle-pair dispersion in the Southern California coastal zone, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 43, pp.1862–1879, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-13-011.1

23.     Liang, J.-H., McWilliams,J.C., Kurian, J., Colas, F., Wang, P. and Uchiyama, Y. (2012): Mesoscale variability in the northeastern tropical Pacific: Forcing mechanisms and eddy properties, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 117, C07003, 13 pp., doi:10.1029/2012JC008008

24.     Buijsman, M., Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J.C. and Hill-Lindsay, C.R. (2012): Modeling semiduirnal internal tides in the Southern California Bight, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol.42, 62–77. doi: 10.1175/2011JPO4597.1

25.     Weir, B., Uchiyama, Y., Lane, E.M., Restrepo, J.M. and McWilliams, J.C. (2011): A vortex-force analysis of the interaction of rip currents and gravity waves, J. Geophys. Res., Vol.116, C05001, doi:10.1029/2010JC006232

26.     Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J.C. and Shchepetkin, A.F. (2010): Wave-current interaction in an oceanic circulation model with a vortex force formalism: Application to the surf zone, Ocean Modell., Vol. 34:1-2, pp.16-35, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2010.04.002

27.     Dong, C., Mavor, T., Nencioli, F., Jiang, S., Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J.C., Dickey, T., Ondrusek, M., Zhang, H. and Clark, D.K. (2009): An oceanic cyclonic eddy on the lee side of Lanai Island, Hawai'i, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 114, C10008, doi:10.1029/2009JC005346

28.     Uchiyama, Y., McWilliams, J.C. and Restrepo, J.M. (2009): Wave-current interaction in nearshore shear instability analyzed with a vortex-force formalism, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 114, C06021, doi:10.1029/2008JC005135

29.     Uchiyama, Y. and McWilliams, J.C. (2008): Infragravity waves in the deep ocean: Generation, propagation, and seismic hum excitation, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 113, C07029, doi:10.1029/2007JC004562

30.     Uchiyama, Y. (2007): Hydrodynamics and associated morphological variations on an estuarine intertidal sand-flat, J. Coastal Res., Vol. 23, No.4, pp. 1015-1027, doi:10.2112/04-0336.1

31.     Kuwae, T., Kamio, K., Inoue, T., Miyoshi, E., and Uchiyama, Y. (2006): Oxygen exchange flux between sediment and water in an intertidal sandflat, measured in situ by the eddy-correlation method., Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser., Vol. 307, pp.59-68, doi:10.3354/meps307059

32.     Uchiyama, Y. (2005): Modeling three-dimensional cohesive sediment transport and associated morphological variation in estuarine intertidal mudflats, Rep. Port and Airport Res. Inst., Yokosuka, Japan, Vol.44, No.1, pp.3-21.

33.     Uchiyama, Y. (2004): Modeling wetting and drying scheme based on an extended logarithmic law for a three-dimensional sigma-coordinate coastal ocean model, Rep. Port and Airport Res. Inst., Yokosuka, Japan, Vol.43, No.4, pp.3-21.

34.     Kuriyama, Y., Uchiyama, Y., Nakamura, S. and Nagae, T. (2004): Medium-term bathymetric change around jetties at Imagireguchi Inlet, Japan, J. Coastal Res., Special Issue 33, Functioning and Design of Coastal Groins: The Interaction of Groins and the Beach—Process and Planning (winter 2004), pp.223-236.

35.     Uchiyama, Y., Nadaoka, K., Rölke, P., Adachi, K. and Yagi, H. (2000): Submarine groundwater discharge into the sea and associated nutrient transport in a sandy beach, Water Resour. Res., Vol.36, No.6, pp.1467-1479, doi:10.1029/2000WR900029



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