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Kaz Higuchi

Faculty of Environmental Studies

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc. (Physics) – Carleton Univiersity
M.Sc. (Atmospheric physics) – University of Toronto
Ph.D. (Atmospheric physics) – University of Toronto

Research Interests
Complex systems research to investigate human-natural systems interaction within the context of climate change and variability; carbon cycle and climate dynamics; extreme weather dynamics
Extreme weather events and disasters: simulations of extreme winds using numerical weather forecast models
Arctic climate change and its impact on ecological and socioeconomic systems and infrastructures in high-latitude regions, and development of adaptation strategies
Large-scale low frequency variability modes in the atmosphere and their impact on seasonal forecasts, with particular focus on the North Atlantic Oscillation
Use of multi-agent models to describe and quantify socioeconomic adaptation strategies to climate change and variability
Long-range transport of atmospheric constituents
Carbon cycling within forest ecosystems

Selected Publications
Wang, X., J. Huang, M. Ji, and K. Higuchi, 2008: Variability of Asia dust events and their long-term trend. Atmospheric Environment, 42, 3156-3165.

Chan, D., M. Ishizawa, K. Higuchi, C.-W. Yuen, and J. Chen, 2008: Seasonal CO2 rectifier effect and large-scale extratropical atmospheric transport. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D17309, doi:10.1029/2007JD009443.

Research Scientist (Environment Canada) - Development of socio-economic adaptation strategies for weather and climate extreme events.
Kaz is a member of the American Meteorological Society’ and the American Geophysical Union. He is also
on the editorial board of Theoretical and Applied Climatology and Open Forest Journal.