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Numerical Weather Prediction and Warning Communication System for Densely Populated and Vulnerable Cities

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Argentine Republic

Numerical Weather Prediction and Warning Communication System for Densely Populated and Vulnerable Cities

Protecting people against disaster by predicting intense rainstorms and flooding!

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Principal Investigator

    • Chief Scientist
      MIYOSHI Takemasa

      Prediction Science Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
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    • Prof.
      Celeste Saulo

      Director, National Meteorological Service

ODA Recipient Country

Argentine Republic

Research Institutions in Japan

RIKEN / Osaka University / International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Public Works Research Institute (PWRI)

Research Institutions in Counterpart Country

National Meteorological Service / National Hydrological Service / University of Buenos Aires / National North Eastern University / National University of Cordoba / Risk Management and Civil Protection - Cordoba Province / Risk Management and Civil Protection - Buenos Aires Province

Adoption fiscal year

FY 2021

Research Period

5 Years

Overview of the Research Project

Develop a total package to protect cities against flooding caused by intense rainstorms
Natural disasters caused by intense rainstorms and flooding are related to climate change, and their risk is increasing on a global scale. Regions where the infrastructure and buildings may not be built to global standards and densely populated cities are particularly vulnerable. In this study, we are developing a total monitoring, prediction, warning, utilization, and behavioral package for natural disasters caused by intense rainstorms and flooding, and putting it to use in the major conurbations of Buenos Aires and Cordoba. We are organizing a meteorological and hydrological observations network and computers, developing a prediction and warning system, and conducting disaster mitigation education for the general public while training specialist staff.

Transmitting and utilizing warnings on intense rainstorms and flooding leads to disaster mitigation behavior
The reduction in damage in the participating areas will become clear, and the scheme will be extended throughout Argentina. Its success in Argentina will lay the foundations for, and mark the beginning of, disaster mitigation for intense rainfall and flooding that is globally applicable. Going forward, by developing this package on a global scale while continuing to increase its sophistication, we will contribute to tackling this issue worldwide.

Photo gallery


Disaster mitigation education at a school close to the San Roque dam, near Córdoba.


River flowing through the city of Quilmes near Buenos Aires


Seminar at the University of Buenos Aires


Visiting the Argentine National Meteorological Service

Research Project Web site

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