複合災害に立ち向かうために筑波研究学園都市の総力を挙げて取り組む研究プロジェクト

Mission

Project’s Mission

Project’s background

The March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake (M9.0) caused unprecedented damage along the coastal areas of Tohoku and Kanto regions of eastern Japan.

While the megathrust earthquake represents the triggering factor of the subsequent disaster, the “chain-mechanism” of the associated damage is complex and its understanding requires the collaboration of specialists from multiple disciplines.

In order to reduce as much as possible the “unexpected” associated with future megathrust earthquakes, it is necessary to develop a new inter-disciplinary approach that fills the gaps between different research fields. Professionals with various scientific and technical expertise should work together with the local and regional administration for a more effective risk assessment and mitigation.

Project’s purpose

The present project represents a collaborative effort between the University of Tsukuba and several research institutions located in the Tsukuba Science City towards an effective mitigation of risks associated with the occurrence of large and giant earthquakes.

Assuming as a case-study the occurrence of a massive earthquake off the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, the project aims of creating scenarios and measures based on the latest research findings that will be used in making informed recommendations to the local governments in Ibaraki prefecture.

Project’s duration: April 1st, 2012 – March 31, 2016