Disasters

News

09 Apr 2021
Elevated levels of radon in the atmosphere before and after earthquakes is a commonly recorded phenomenon. However, Tohoku University researchers have discovered an anomaly: The 2018 Northern Osaka Earthquake. Analyzing data before and after the quake, they discovered that atmospheric radon concentration decreased. The discovery paints a more complicated picture surrounding radon and crustal movements.
The epicenter of the Beirut Explosion.
17 Mar 2021
A 2020 explosion in Lebanon’s port city of Beirut led to a southward-bound, high-velocity atmospheric wave that rivaled ones generated by volcanic eruptions.
04 Mar 2021
Using data from the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, researchers have uncovered a better understand about radon concentration in the atmosphere before and after earthquakes. The findings move us closer to being able to predict when large earthquakes will occur.
25 Feb 2021
Medical staff and researchers from Tohoku University and Fukushima Medical University conducted a collaborative, multifaceted training program for healthcare workers to better prepare them for disasters. The training incorporated a wide range of subjects such as data analysis, cultural revitalization in the wake of disasters, and post-disaster psychological and physical well-being.
16 Feb 2021
Fujitsu, Tohoku University, and Tokyo University have unveiled a new AI model that can accurately predict tsunami flooding in coastal areas within seconds. The new technology, which harnessed the power of the world’s fastest supercomputer Fugaku, will bolster authorities ability to effectively direct evacuation orders.
Deep learning-based building damage assessment
01 Oct 2020
Researchers trained an AI to assess post-disaster building damage just by looking at aerial images of the aftermath.
21 Sep 2020
Looking for experts who can comment on natural disasters when they occur, or disaster planning and research? We have compiled a list of experts from across Asia prepared to speak with journalists on a wide range of disaster types and issues.
01 Sep 2020
Researchers from the Earth System Science Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have revealed that slow earthquakes, a new type of earthquake discovered about 20 years ago, follow similar scaling relations as regular earthquakes, e.g. rate of aftershocks and formula that relates an earthquake’s energy release with how long it lasts. This discovery opens a pathway for scientists to use these events as easy-to-study analogs to probe the physics governing the power and timing of devastating earthquakes, generating a clearer picture of how energy is released with time along faults.
16 Jul 2020
The past is often the window to our future, especially when it comes to natural disasters. Using data from the 2018 floods that struck southwestern Japan to calibrate a machine learning model, researchers from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University and the Japan-Peru Center for Earthquake Engineering Research and Disaster Mitigation (CISMID, in Spanish), have successfully identified the flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
27 Mar 2020
A Communique from the InterAcademy Partnership urges countries to collaborate, use and share science-based information, and help the developing world.
06 Mar 2020
A design team, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has been honored at the international design competition, iF Design Awards 2020.
21 Feb 2020
South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), in collaboration with NASA in the United States, have successfully analyzed the main patterns of atmospheric circulation affecting the Arctic sea ice.
14 Oct 2019
To initiate a stream of events for leaders, experts, policy-makers, and practitioners in Asia in the field of disaster and crisis management, this first series of IDC will bring a sharper focus on water.
17 Sep 2019
A new study has estimated for the first time how the eruption of Mount Tambora changed the probability of the cold and wet European ‘year without a summer’ of 1816.
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19 Jun 2019
An international and multidisciplinary research team led by Prof. Charles NG Wang-Wai will deliver an extreme weather and landslide warning system, which will increase the forecast lead time of heavy rainfall from three to six hours, giving the general public and responders more time to prepare for potential disasters.

Events

12 Mar 2021
The APRU-IRIDeS Multi-hazards Program is hosting a two-part webinar series, looking back at the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The panels will draw on lessons learnt and explore disaster mitigation strategies for the future. Open to all, registration required.
The Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) acknowledges the efforts made by researchers, innovators and inventors from across the globe and to appreciate their high quality research work and contributions to different fields of science and technology.

Researchers

Fatima Akter
Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology, University of Dhaka
Picture of Nisha Arunatilake
Nisha Arunatilake has been a Research Fellow at IPS since 2000 and was appointed as the Director of Research in January 2018. She has extensive post-doctoral experience in conducting policy related economic research in labour market analysis, education, public finance and health. She heads the Labour, Employment and Human Resource Development unit at the IPS. Her work is published in both local and international journals, book chapters and reports.
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Dr. Hasibun Naher is a mathematician working on numerical models related to natural disasters including storm surges, tsunami simulation, earthquakes, and energy. She is also interested in issues related to women in STEM, active learning, sustainable mathematics education and sustainable development using mathematical modeling,
I am a socio-cultural anthropologist and faculty member at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, pursuing my graduate research on Rohingya refugee policy at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA.
Co-Founding Member and Managing Director of the Association of Advancing Life And Regenerating Motherland (ALARM), a think tank in Myanmar.
Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF)
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF)
National University of Singapore
Gouramanis researches geological evidence of modern and past typhoons, tsunami and droughts in coastal and lake environments across Southeast Asia. In particular, he focuses on recent events and compares these to the geological record to understand frequencies, recurrence and intensities to guide the potential impact of future events.
Secretary General and Treasurer of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and Professor of Geography at University of Delhi.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Roosli is a lecturer and researcher in Disaster and Development at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He focuses on settlement in ASEAN countries in normal and emergency situations.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
Numada oversees the Disaster Management Training Center (DMTC) at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS).
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science. Studies soil mechanics, cave-ins and sinkholes.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
Director and Professor of the International Center for Urban Safety Engineering (ICUS) at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
Tohoku University
Tornado and other severe-wind disaster expert. Professor at Tohoku University.
Tohoku University
Associate Professor, Disaster Science Division, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Tohoku University
Associate Professor at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)
Tohoku University
Associate Professor at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) researching disaster sciences.
Tohoku University
Associate Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University
Tohoku University
Expert in international disaster mitigation strategy. Associate Professor at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS).
Tohoku University
Anthropologist of disaster, death, grief, public health, disaster and the environment in Japan and Indonesia.
Tohoku University
Director of Tohoku University's Tough Cyberphysical AI Research Center and expert in rescue robotics.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University researching hydroclimatology, climate extremes and water hazards.
Tohoku University
Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University since April 2014, and also is a professor of Tsunami Engineering
De La Salle University
Michael Angelo Promentilla
Michael Angelo B. Promentilla is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the head of the Waste and Resource Management Unit of the Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research (CESDR) at De La Salle University (DLSU).
Professor in Agriculture and Education in the Iloilo Science and Technology University Leon Campus (ISAT U). Leon, ILOILO, PHILIPPINES