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Member of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union

Member of the editorial boards of Theoretical and Applied Climatology and Open Forest Journal


Ph.D. Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto

M.Sc. Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto

Environment Canada Weather Forecasting Training Certificate


Kaz Higuchi

Research Scientist - Development of socio-economic adaptation strategies for weather and climate extreme events

Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto, ON)

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to develop and evaluate strategies to adapt to the impacts of weather, climate, and climate change

  • 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


Co-supervision of a Ph.D. student, Tohoku University, Japan


Higuchi, K., A. Shashkov, D. Chan, N. Saigusa, S. Murayama, S. Yamamoto, H. Kondo, J. Chen, J. Liu and B. Chen. 2005. Simulations of seasonal and inter-annual variability of gross primary productivity at Takayama with BEPS ecosystem model. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. 134:143-150.

Gurney, K.R., R.M. Law, A.S. Denning, P.J. Rayner, D. Baker, P. Bousquet, L. Bruhwiler, Y.-H. Chen, P. Ciais, S.-M. Fan, I.Y. Fung, M. Gloor, M. Heimann, K. Higuchi, J. John, T. Maki, S. Maksyutov, K. Masarie, P. Peylin, M. Prather, B.C. Pak, J. Randerson, J. Sarmiento, S. Taguchi, T. Takahashi and C.-W. Yuen. 2002. Towards robust regional estimates of CO2 sources and sinks using atmospheric transport models. Nature. 415:626-630.

Higuchi, K., Y.-H. Chan, C.W. Yuen and C.S. Wong. 2000. Doubled CO2 impact on subarctic marine carbon cycle: a case study at Station P. Marine Chemistry. 72:273-295.

Higuchi, K., C.W. Yuen and Amir Shabbar. 2000. Ice Storm ’98 in south-central Canada and northeastern United States: A climatological perspective. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 66:61-79.

Higuchi, K., J.-P. Huang and Amir Shabbar. 1999. A wavelet characterization of the NAO and its relationship to the North Atlantic SST. International Journal of Climatology. 19:1119-1129.

Higuchi, K., D. Chan and C. Blanchette. 1997. Policies for resolving the climate change and the stratospheric ozone depletion issues: antagonistic or re-enforcing? Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 46:89-103.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
          Trends and variability
     Climate Modelling
Weather & Meteorology
     Severe Weather
          Disaster mitigation
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