Dr. Sato is a research scientist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Sciences and Technology (JAMSTEC). His main interest exists for the development of mechanistic models of vegetation structure and functioning. Indeed, he has been developing the SEIB-DGVM, which simulates plant and carbon dynamics under specified climatic conditions.
He has been serving as a topical ediror of the Geoscientific Model Development since 2013. He has been a member of iLEAPS comittee within the Science Concil of Japan since 2012. In iLEAPS, Dr. Sato is responsible for activities in Japan as the chair of iLEAPS-Japan.