Prof. Fumihiko Imamura

Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University since April 2014, and also is a professor of Tsunami Engineering

He is an expert on tsunami modeling for warning, mitigation planning and education/awareness. He has conducted several field surveys as leader for earthquakes and tsunamis damage investigation since the 1992 Nicaragua and Indonesia. And he is a secretary, international TIME-project (Tsunami Inundation Modeling Exchange) supported by IOC and IUGG Tsunami commission. He is a member of Science Council of Japan, Science member of the Central Disaster Management Council in Japan, and was the president of Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science in 2008-2011.

Selected links:
Pollution creates 'black tsunami' risk - UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 
What is the "silent tsunami" approaching the mystery of the "40m huge tsunami" - Teller Report 

He is featured in Focus On: Disasters, an Asia Research News resource for journalists to find stories and sources.


Selected publications

Shuji Seto,, Fumihiko Imamura, Classification of tsunami deaths by modifying ICD-10 categories in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami - A case study in Miyagi prefecture, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction,Volume 50, November 2020, 101743

Fumihiko Imamura, Anawat Suppasri, Shosuke Sato, Kei Yamashita, The Role of Tsunami Engineering in Building Resilient Communities and Issues to Be Improved After the GEJE The 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Reconstruction and Restoration, Insights and Assessment after 5 Years, Springer 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-58691-5

Charvet, I., Suppasri, A., Kimura, H., Sugawara, D. and Imamura, F. ,Fragility estimations for Kesennuma City following the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami based on maximum flow depths, velocities and debris impact, with evaluation of the ordinal model's predictive accuracy, Natural hazards, 79 (3), 2073-2099, 2015.

Muhari, A., Charvet, I., Futami, T., Suppasri, A. and Imamura, F. ,Assessment of tsunami hazard in port and its impact on marine vessels from tsunami model and observed damage data, Natural Hazards, 78 (2), 1309-1328, 2015.

International Research Institute of Disaster Science
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