Ikuro Sumita

Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science,

Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, 920-1192, JAPAN

TEL. 81-76-264-6513

FAX. 81-76-264-6545


1997: DSc University of Tokyo (Earth and Planetary Physics)

1994: MSc University of Tokyo (Earth and Planetary Physics)

1992: BSc University of Tokyo (Geophysics)


2005/10: Associate Professor, Kanazawa University

2001/5: Research Associate, Kanazawa University

2001/4: Associate Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University

2000/11-2001/4: Postdoctoral Fellow of JSPS for research abroad

1997/11-2001/3: Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University

1996/4-2000/11: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellow of JSPS


2000/8: Doornbos Memorial Prize (IASPEI/SEDI)

Current research interests

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors:

○ Structural origin, evolution, dynamics of the deep interiors of the Earth and planets

○ Elementary process in the Earth's interior (convection, solidification, flow, deformation) using theory and lab experiments

Research History

(1) Inner Core Structure, Evolution, Dynamics (Theory)

(a) Thermal History of the core, Partial melt and thermal structure of the inner core (Sumita et al.,1995, 1996)

(b) Origin of the inner core anisotropy (Theory) (Yoshida et al., 1996, 1998)

(2) Paleointensity in the Proterozoic (Paleomagnetism) (Sumita et al., 2001)

(3) Thermal convection in a rapidly rotating spherical shell (Lab experiments)

(Sumita and Olson, 1999,2000,2002,2003)

Gallery of Fluid Motions