Hiroyasu KAWAI (Director of Ocean Hydrodynamics Department)

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Name Hiroyasu KAWAI
Position

Director of Ocean Hydrodynamics Department

Specialty Wave and tsunami observation, storm surge simulation, and typhoon-induced coastal and port disasters.

Work Experience


2020-present Director of Ocean Hydrodynamics Department, Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), Japan
2017–2020 Director of Marine Information and Tsunami Department, Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), Japan.
2014–2016 Director-General, Kagoshima Port and Airport Construction Office, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.
1998–2014 Senior Research Engineer to Research Director of Marine Information Division, Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI, renamed from PHRI), Japan.
1992–1998 Research Engineer, Wave Laboratory, Hydraulic Engineering Division, Port and Harbour Research Institute (PHRI), Ministry of Transport, Japan.

Educational Background


2009 PhD in Engineering at Kyushu University, Japan
1992 Master of Engineering at Tokyo University of Science, Japan
1990 Bachelor of Engineering at Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Awards


2014 JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award, Japan Federation of Ocean Engineering Societies
2013 Coastal Engineering Journal Award
2011 Best Paper Award, Coastal Engineering Committee, Japan Society of Civil Engineers

International Contributions


2017–2021 Member, Board of Directors, International Society of Ocean and Polar Engineering (ISOPE).
2010-2012 Review expert for SREX and 5th Assessment Reports, IPCC.
2007–2011 Member, PIANC MarCom Working Group 54: Use of hydro/meteo information to optimize safe port access.

Major Publications in English


  • Kawai, H., Kawaguchi, K. and Fujiki T. (2020): Half-century-long Wave Observation in and around Japanese Ports through NOWPHAS, Proceedings of 30th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE-2020), ISOPE, Vol.3, pp.2625-2632.
  • Kawai, H. (2019): Lessons learned from storm surge disasters and technical issues on countermeasures in Japan, Proceedings of 29th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE2019), ISOPE, Vol.3, pp. 3713-3720.
  • Kawai, H., Kawaguchi, K. and Suehiro, F. (2018): Ocean Wave Statistics Estimated from One-decade-long Observation on NOWPHAS GPS-mounted Buoy Network, Proceedings of the 28th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE2018), ISOPE, Vol.3, pp. 1047-1054.
  • Kawai, H., Seki, K. and Fujiki, T. (2014): Storm surges in Leyte Gulf, Philippines caused by 2013 Typhoon Haiyan and major typhoons with similar tracks, Proceedings of the 24th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE2014), ISOPE, Vol.3, pp.845-852.
  • Kawai, H., Satoh, M., Kawaguchi, K. and Seki, K. (2014): 2010 Chile and 2011 Tohoku Tsunami pro files measured by GPS buoys and coastal wave and tide gauges in nationwide ocean wave information network for ports and harbors, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, Ocean Engineering, ASCE, Vol.140(2), pp.135–145.
  • Kawai, H., Satoh, M., Kawaguchi, K. and Seki, K. (2013): Characteristics of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami waveform acquired around Japan by NOWPHAS equipment, Coastal Engineering Journal, World Scientific Publishing Company and Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Vol.55, No.3 (2013), 1350008 (27p.).
  • Kawai, H., Hashimoto, N. and Yamashiro, M. (2012): Real-time probabilistic prediction of storm water level at Japanese ports, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, ISOPE, Vol.22, No.1, pp.30-37.
  • Kawai, H., Satoh, M., Miyata, M. and Kobayashi, T. (2012): 2010 Chilean Tsunami observed on the Japanese coast by NOWPHAS GPS buoys, seabed wave gauges and coastal tide gauges, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, ISOPE, Vol. 22, No.3, pp.177-185.
  • Kawai, H., Takahashi, S., Hiraishi, T., Hashimoto, N. and Matsuura, K. (2007): Lessons learned from recent storm surge disasters and estimation of extreme tidal levels for coastal defense performance by using stochastic typhoon model, Proceedings of the 17th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE2007), ISOPE, Vol. 3, pp.1792-1799.
  • Takahashi S, Kawai, H., Takayama, T. and Tomita, T. (2005): Performance design concept for storm surge defenses, Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE2004), ASCE, Vol.3, pp.3074-3086.
  • Kawai, H. (2000): Variation of sliding failure probability of breakwater caisson due to global warming, Journal of Global Environment Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Vol.6, pp.65-80.

(Updated on September, 2020)

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