Dr. Yoshiaki KURIYAMA, the Director General



  Director General (PARI)
  Vice President (MPAT)


Professional Exprerience

1983 Research Engineer of the Sediment Laboratory, Hydraulic Engineering Division, Port and Harbour Research Institute, Ministry of Transport (MOT)
1991 Senior Research Engineer, Hydraulic Engineering Division, Port and Harbour Research Institute, MOT
1998 Head of the Littoral Drift Laboratory, Marine Environment Department, Port and Harbour Research Institute, MOT
2001 Head of the Coastal Sediments and Processes Group, Marine Environment and Engineering Department, Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI)
2010 Director of the Marine Environment and Engineering Department, PARI
2015 Distinguished Researcher, PARI
2016- Present
  • Director General, PARI
  • Vice President, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology
  • Visiting Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • Visiting Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Research Areas

  • Beach profile change due to climate change
  • Morphological change induced by tsunami
  • Modeling of beach profile change
  • Medium-term bar movement

Academic Degree

  • Doctor of Engineering, Information Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1983

Main Publications

  • Kuriyama, Y., Takahashi, K., Yanagishima, S., and Tomita, T. (2014): Beach profile change at Hasaki, Japan, caused by 5-m-high tsunami due to the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake, Marine Geology 355, 234–243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2014.06.003
  • Kuriyama, Y., Banno, M. and Suzuki, T. (2012): Linkages among interannual variations of shoreline, wave and climate at Hasaki, Japan. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L06604, doi:10.1029/2011GL050704.
  • Kuriyama, Y. (2012): Process-based one-dimensional model for cyclic longshore bar evolution. Coastal Engineering, 62, 48-61, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.12.001.
  • Kuriyama, Y., Mochizuki, N. and Nakashima, T. (2005): Influence of vegetation on aeolian sand transport rate from a backshore to a foredune at Hasaki, Japan, Sedimentology, 52, 1123-1132, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2005.00734.x
  • Kuriyama, Y. (2002): Medium-term bar behavior and associated sediment transport at Hasaki, Japan, Geophysical Res., 107 (C9), 3132, doi:10.1029/2001JC000899.


  • 2001 Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) Paper Award
  • 2003 Minister of Education Award for Research Achievements
  • 2007 JSCE Continuing International Contribution Award
  • 2008 Best Paper Award of the Japan Port & Harbour Association
  • 2011 JSCE Paper Award


(Last Updated: December 18th, 2017)

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