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, Japan

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, Dept. Civil and Environmental Eng., 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


2019present             Coastal Engineering Journal (Taylor & Francis), Editor-in-Chief

2013present             Ocean Modelling (Elsevier), Editorial Board

20172019                   Coastal Engineering Journal (Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor-in-Chief

20172019                   Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, Third Edition (Elsevier), Wave Section Editor

20162019                   Journal of JSCE Series B2 (Japan Soc. Civil Eng.), Editor

20152017                   Journal of JSCE Series B (Japan Soc. Civil Eng.), Editor

2014 2017                   Coastal Engineering Journal (World Scientific), Editor


Scientific Contributions


2019present             Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), Ocean Sciences Section Vice President

2015present             CROCO (Coastal and Regional Ocean COmmunity Model) Associate Developer

2005present             ROMS (Regional Oceanic Modeling System) Associate Developer

20082011                   SBC LTER (Santa Barbara Coastal Longterm Ecological Research) Associate Investigator

20062009                   CSTM (Community Sediment Transport Modeling System) Modeling Collaborator




1993            BE                  Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

1995            ME                 Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

1998            Ph.D.             Envirnmental Informatics, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Selected Publications


1.        Wang, P., McWilliams, J.C., Uchiyama, Y. and Chekroun, M.D. (2020): Effects of wave streaming and wave variations on nearshore wave-driven circulation, J. Phys. Oceanogr. (in revision)

2.        Akan, C., McWilliams, J.C. and Uchiyama,Y. (2020): Topographic and coastline influences on surf eddies, Ocean Modell., Vol. 147, 101565, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2019.101565

3.        Kurosawa, K., Uchiyama, Y., and Kosako, T. (2020): Development of a numerical marine weather routing system for coastal and marginal seas using regional oceanic and atmospheric simulations, Ocean Eng., Vol. 195. doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2019.106706

4.        Masunaga, E., Uchiyama, Y. and Yamazaki, H. (2019): Strong internal tides generated by the interaction of the Kuroshio Current and tides over a shallow ridge, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 49, No. 11, pp. 2917–2934. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-18-0238.1

5.        Kamidaira, Y., Kawamura, H., Kobayashi, T. and Uchiyama, Y. (2019): Development of regional downscaling capability in STEAMER ocean prediction system based on multi-nested ROMS model, J. Nuclear Sci. Tech., Vol. 56, doi: 10.1080/00223131.2019.1613269

6.        Zhang, X., Uchiyama, Y. and Nakayama, A. (2019): On relaxation of the influences of treated sewage effluent on an adjacent seaweed farm in a tidal strait, Mar. Pollut. Bull., Vol. 144, pp. 265-274, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.04.050

7.        Uchiyama, Y. (2019): Surface gravity and capillary waves, In: Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences Third Edition, Cochran, Eds.: J. Kirk Cochran, Henry J. Bokuniewicz and Patricia L. Yager, Vol. 3, pp. 672-681, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISBN: 978-0-12-813081-0, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11465-4

8.        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, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph Series, Eds: Nagai, T., Saito, H., Suzuki, K. and Takahashi, M., John Wiley & Sons, NY, ISBN:1119428343

9.        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

10.     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

11.     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

12.     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

13.     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

14.     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

15.     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.

16.     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

17.     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

18.     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

19.     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

20.     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

21.     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

22.     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

23.     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

24.     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

25.     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

26.     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

27.     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

28.     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

29.     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

30.     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

31.     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

32.     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

33.     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

34.     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

35.     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

36.     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.

37.     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.

38.     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.

39.     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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