Satoru Oishi conducted disaster-related research for more than 25 years. During 1993 to 1999, he was a research associate of Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, and he mainly focused on fundamental mechanisms of cumulus cloud generation and development by using numerical simulations of cloud-resolving model. He also conducted many observation experimental projects like “BIWAKO project” and “X-BAIU” for measuring atmospheric data and comparing the measured data with numerically simulated results.
From 2000 to 2009, he was an associate professor in the University of Yamanashi, and he studied river engineering and sabo engineering in Yamanashi Prefecture, where many target rivers and tributaries could be found. He collected some samples from rivers to detected the sources of sediments. He also conducted many field studies abroad under the project of CREST. This activity helped him to expand his international activity.
From 2009 to present, he has been a professor at Kobe University. He mainly focuses on applications of remote sensing techniques to disaster prevention. He developed mini X-MP radar with a private company in Hyogo Prefecture, and they used the radars for sewage water pipe operations, and raising citizens’ awareness against flood and inundation in local areas in Japan, as well as volcanic debris flow warnings. As a team leader of RIKEN R-CCS, he is working for promoting high-performance computing simulation of disasters including earthquake, tsunami and weather-related disasters.