Asst. Prof. Masayuki Kondo 

enter for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS)
Chiba University, Japan

Masayuki Kondo is an assistant professor at the Center for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS), Chiba University, Japan since 2017. He has been a leading scientist of the carbon budget assessment study founded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan since 2014.

With undergraduate and master degrees in High Energy Particle Physics at University of Texas at Dallas Kondo pursued a brief career in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment at Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) before pursuing a career as a Geoscientist. He earned a PhD in Environmental Science from Hokkaido University, Japan.

His research aims to assess reliable carbon budgets at regional and global scales using terrestrial ecosystem models, atmospheric inversions including GOSAT CO2/CH4 inversions, and empirical upscaling of CO2 fluxes from eddy flux observations, and to provide insight into future prospects of biogeochemical cycles of Earth. To date, Kondo has produced achievements including the identification of the significant sink-source change of Southeast Asian CO2 budget between decades and role of plant regrowth on recent enhancement of terrestrial CO2 uptake.

Currently, his research focuses on filling a gap between carbon budgets from ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches, particularly in tropical regions. Also he is leading a synthesis of global and regional carbon budget assessment from multiple approaches and processes, aiming to contribute IPCC AR6 Chapter.

Kondo takes special delight in discussing the subject of climate change and carbon cycle with scientific and general audiences including K-12 students.