Atmospheric Science


Masanori Saito, Assistant Professor

Room 6025, Engineering Building
Office Phone: (307) 766-3245

Visit Dr. Saito's Research Website


  • B.S., Geophysics, Tohoku University, Japan, 2012

  • M.S., Geophysics, Tohoku University, Japan, 2014

  • D.Sc., Geophysics, Tohoku University, Japan, 2017

Research Statement

Dr. Saito’s research interests are focused on two areas: 1) Developing sophisticated remote sensing methods for better characterizations of cloud and aerosol properties, and 2) deepening our understanding of the roles of clouds and aerosols in radiative and microphysical processes by fully exploiting airborne and spaceborne remote sensing observations. He also performs theoretical studies on the scattering by atmospheric nonspherical particles. His research philosophy is to explain natural phenomena using physics-based principles, starting with a rigorous treatment of the smallest-scale aspects of a physical process.

Research Areas

  • Airborne and satellite remote sensing

  • Cloud-aerosol microphysics

  • Scattering and radiative transfer

  • Atmospheric optics

Selected Publications (full list can be found on Masanori Saito's research website)

  • Saito, M., and P. Yang. “Quantifying the impact of the surface roughness of hexagonal ice crystals on backscattering properties for lidar-based remote sensing applications”, Accepted, Geophysical Research Letters, 2023.

  • Saito, M., and P. Yang. “Generalization of atmospheric nonspherical particle size: Interconversions of size distributions and optical equivalence”, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 79, 3333–3349, 2022.

  • Saito, M., and P. Yang. “Advanced bulk optical models linking the backscattering and microphysical properties of mineral dust aerosol”, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL095121, 2021.

  • Saito, M., P. Yang, J. Ding, and X. Liu. “A comprehensive database of the optical properties of irregular aerosol particles for radiative transfer simulations”, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 78, 2089–2111, 2021.

  • Saito, M., P. Yang, A. K. Heidinger, and Y. Li. “An improved beta method for ice cloud property retrievals: Theory”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 125, e2019JD031863, 2020.

  • Saito, M., P. Yang, Y. Hu, X. Liu, N. Loeb, W. L. Smith Jr., and P. Minnis. “An efficient method for microphysical property retrievals in vertically inhomogeneous marine water clouds using MODIS–CloudSat measurements”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 124, 2174–2193, 2019.

  • Iwabuchi, H., N. S. Putri, M. Saito, Y. Tokoro, M. Sekiguchi, P. Yang, and B. Baum. “Cloud property retrieval from multi-band infrared measurements by Himarawi-8”, Journal of Meteorological Society of Japan, 96B, 27–42, 2018.

  • Saito, M., H. Iwabuchi, P. Yang, G. Tang, M. D. King, and M. Sekiguchi. “Ice particle morphology and microphysical properties of cirrus clouds inferred from combined CALIOP–IIR measurements”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 122, 4440–4462, 2017.

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