Nickname: Esi
Affiliation: Geophysical Exploration Team, GSE Consulting Group
Alma Mater: PhD in Geophysics, Kyoto University
Joined GPSS: January 2022


What did you do before joining GPSS?

I have been involved in geophysical surveys for more than a decade, specifically working on seismic data acquisition, processing, and interpretation in various industrial and academic projects for oil and gas exploration, sub-seafloor minerals exploration, deep-sea Methane hydrate exploration, and crustal-scale seismic depth imaging. Right before joining GPSS, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Tokyo, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, focusing on seismic depth imaging of the Japan Trench subduction zone, where the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake (M 9.0) occurred offshore northeast Japan.


Please tell us the reason why you decided to join GPSS.

A couple of years ago, when I was working on seismic imaging of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake rupture zone, I realized how vulnerable human beings are in the case of natural disasters. No matter where and when a disaster happens, it can have significant global impacts. Although we may not be able to stop those natural disasters due to the dynamic nature of the earth, we can build our society in a sustainable way to minimize the post-disaster damages. In addition, living on a planet with finite resources and ever-increasing world population requires new horizons for long-term resource development and management. In order to protect our planet and secure a better life for the next generations, we need to take action now. When I learned about GPSS mission to build a sustainable society, I knew it is the right place to contribute my share of work for a greener future.


What is your role at GPSS?

As the geophysical exploration team leader, I organize field surveys, data analysis, and interpretation for the projects targeting renewable energy development. Our professional team conducts various geophysical surveys to investigate the subsurface geological structures. Some examples include microseismic monitoring of geothermal reservoirs, and near-surface seismic surveys for the ground stability characterization in the windfarm and hydropower plant construction sites.


Please tell us "the moment when your soul ignited" after joining GPSS.

Once I met the GPSS family coming from various nationalities with different expertise who work all together to achieve a united goal, I literally observed purity, passion, and motivation. This friendly, open, and diverse environment "ignited my soul".


Please give a word to future GPSS members!

Learning is the key to success! At GPSS, you will be provided with lots of opportunities to learn new personal and technical skills, which eventually helps individual and corporate growth. Take the chance and challenge yourself for something that you haven’t done before.