Jun Saito

Jun Saito

PhD Student

Office: ISB 406
Email: jun.saito@umontana.edu

Curriculum Vitae


M.S.,  Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

B.S.,  Science of Fisheries, Hokkaido University, Japan

Research Interests

Seasonal elevation changes on glaciers in Greenland

Multi-decadal elevation changes of the land terminating sector of West Greenland

Investigations of the physical processes in polar firn using modeling and field measurments


J. Saito, S. Sugiyama, S. Tsutaki and T. Sawagaki (2016). Surface elevation change on ice caps in the Qaanaaq region, northwestern Greenland. Polar Sci., 10, 239–248.

S. Sugiyama, S. Tsutaki, D. Sakakibara, J. Saito, Y. Ohashi, N. Katayama, E. Podolskiy, S. Matoba, M. Funk and R. Genco (2017). Recent ice mass loss in northwestern Greenland: Results of the GRENE Greenland project and overview of the ArCS. 低温科学, 75, 1–13.

Lillemor Claesson Liljedahl, Toby Meierbachtol, Joel Harper, Dirk van As, Jens-Ove Näslund, Jan-Olof Selroos, Jun Saito, Sven Follin, Timo Ruskeeniemi, Anne Kontula and Neil Humphrey (2021) Rapid and sensitive response of Greenland’s groundwater system to ice sheet change. Nature Geoscience,


Excellent Thesis Award at the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice, Hokkaido branch (2015)

Specialized Skills

ArcMap, QGIS, Matlab, Python and Leica Photogrammetry Suites (LPS)

Teaching Experience

GEOS 488: Snow Ice and Climate (Fall 2021)

GEOS 391: Computational Methods in EES (Spring 2021)

GEOS 318: Earth's changing climate (Fall 2020)

GEOS 105: Oceanography (Spring 2020)

GEOS 318: Climate System Dynamics (Fall 2019)

GEOS 107: Natural Disasters (Fall 2019)


Professional Experience

Job experience

Meiji Consultant Co., Ltd., Japan (2015 - 2016)

I was engaged in landslide survey and geological investigation to estimate the depth and longitudinal shape of a slip surface formed in a landslide slope and determine the position of the slip surface by observing cores made by boring a landslide slope.

Feild Activities

Bowdoin Glacier, Qaanaaq Ice Cap, Northwestern Greenland (Jun. 2014 – Aug. 2014)

Rhone Glacier, Switzerland (Sep. 2013)


International Experience

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer Program, Environment Education in Bhutan (2017-2019)

I have provided technical guidance for GIS at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER). I have supported students from The School for Field Studies (SFS) with GIS. My activities in Bhutan were introduced by Kuensel (Bhutan National Newspaper) (https://kuenselonline.com/thorthormi-glacier-recedes-by-1-2kms-in-last-16-years/).


The Japanese Society of Snow and Ice, since 2013


Marathon, Soccer, Climbing and Ski