Maki Kikuchi

Dr Maki Kikuchi - Visiting Academic

Maki

Dr Maki Kikuchi is a postdoctoral researcher from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) who is working with University of Newcastle’s Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) from 2019-2020 under JAXA’s Long-term Oversea Training Program. Dr Kikuchi’s PhD research, and her recent work at JAXA, was focused on the development of algorithms to derive cloud and precipitation datasets from satellite information. At JAXA, Dr Kikuchi is also involved with the planning and management of JAXA’s satellite missions for global and regional cloud and precipitation observation.

While at the University of Newcastle, Dr Kikuchi is collaborating with Associate Professor Anthony Kiem and other researchers in the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) to investigate the use of satellite observation data in water resource management. Despite the increase in satellite-driven data products, satellite measurements are still not widely used within the decision-making process in the water resource management sector in Australia. Dr Kikuchi's research while in Australia aims to identify gaps between the needs of decision-makers in the water resource management sector against what is currently possible from satellite information. These insights will: (i) contribute to the planning and management of JAXA’s future satellite missions; (ii) improve the practical relevance and applicability of satellite derived-data; and (iii) ultimately, improve our ability to monitor and manage water resources.

See Dr Kikuchi's personal website for further information.

Professional Experience

  • 2015 - present Researcher, Earth Observation Research Center, JAXA
  • 2012 - 2015 Engineer, Earth Observation Research Center, JAXA
  • 2011 Assistant Administrator, Earth Observation Research Center, JAXA
  • 2011 Assistant Administrator, Human Resources Department, JAXA

Qualifications

  • 2018 PhD(Science) from The University of Tokyo, Japan, on “Observational study on spatiotemporal characteristics of hydrometeors and aerosols using multi-platform satellite measurements”
  • 2011 Master of Science from Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • 2009 Bachelor of Science from Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan