AOGS Axford Medal Award Recipient

Professor Kenji Satake

Professor Satake is a pioneer. Over three decades, he made epoch-making accomplishments on giant earthquake and tsunami research with geophysical, geological and historical approaches. In 1987, he developed a tsunami waveform inversion method which has since been popularly used for studying earthquake or tsunami sources. This method was also applied by NOAA for tsunami warning DART system. In geological studies, Professor Satake mapped and dated tsunami deposits along the Pacific coasts of Japan. He also made use of Japanese historical literature, computer simulation of tsunami and geological studies of past tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest of North America to identify the most recent earthquake in Cascadia subduction zone.