Takao Masumoto

Research Organization Staff/ Director
National Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO
2-1-6 Kan-nondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8609, Japan

What led you to Earth and Space science?

Fascinated by lectures of professors in the university.

How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

More than 30 years.
To exchnage research topics internationally

What are you working on now?

Research activities include: (1) analyses of hydrological functions of agricultural lands, such as flood prevention and water resources fostering, and its usage on regional flood protection; (2) impact assessment of global-scale changes in water cycles on food production and alternative policy scenarios; and (3) development of a distributed water circulation model incorporating agricultural water use (DWCM-AgWU model). Recent work included impact assessment of extremes under climate change and anthropogenic activities on water/land resources and adaptation measures. His current research is the development of water footprint criteria for agricultural water use and that of a Seamless DIF (Distributed Water Circulation, Inundation and Flood) model combined with irrigation and floods.