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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs11
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Prof.
KUMAGAI Hiroyuki
(Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University)
Research Institutions in Japan Nagoya University / The University of Tokyo / Tohoku University / National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED)
Research Institutions in Colombia Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) / Dirección General Maritima (DIMAR) / Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres (UNGRD) / Instituto Distrital de Gestión de Riesgos (IDIGER) / Universidad Nacional de Colombia / Universidad de los Andes
Adoption fiscal year FY 2014
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Colombia
General Description of the Research Project

Minimizing disasters by using cutting-edge Japanese science and technology
Columbia suffers from earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic disasters. Although progress in the deployment and operation of observation networks has been made, there is still much room for further development. In this project, the observation data and knowledge accumulated in Columbia will be merged with the latest Japanese monitoring systems and damage prediction techniques to develop technology that minimizes damage from disasters in Colombia. Science and engineering researchers focus on four areas: monitoring, modelling, damage prediction, and information dissemination.

Protecting humanity from disasters by deploying the technology in high disaster-risk areas around the world
In addition to accumulating research data from earthquake source analysis and volcano monitoring, the project constructs a framework for real-time forecasting of disaster damage and a system of disaster information dissemination using social media. Research outcomes are to be implemented throughout the world in areas with high risk of disasters, contributing to safe evacuation of residents and appropriate response to damage.

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Project members at the Colombian Geological Service

Project members at the Colombian Geological Service

Microtremor observations in Bogota

Microtremor observations in Bogota

Excursion to Nevado del Ruiz volcano

Excursion to Nevado del Ruiz volcano

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