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Ongoing Research Projects

  • Survey of impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Industrial parks and damage assessment. 2011-2015.
  • Proposal of a quantitative Natech risk assessment methodology for evacuation planning around industrial parks subject to earthquake and tsunami hazards.
  • ResTO-TerRiN- The main goal of this study is to improve the resilience of a territory against Natech accidents. We look at the problem from the perspective of "vulnerability" and, secondly, via a comprehensive analysis of the notion of territorial or societal resilience using the MADS/MOSAR methodology. We study the failure modes and root causes of past Natechs; as well as the performance of risk management programs. We propose comprehensive area-wide risk management options for industrial parks and neighboring communities. We investigate risk perception and disaster preparedness of various stakeholders, and identify the necessary conditions both technical and organizational for resilience. 2013-2016.
  • Survey of household hazard adjustment and risk perception to Natech hazards in Osaka Bay. 2014-2015.
  • Risk perception changes and evacuation behavior during the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. 2013-2015.
  • Incidence of Natech accidents in Japan based on the analysis of the High Pressure Gas Law accident database. 2014-2015.
  • Development of a rating system and methodological tool which enables industrial facilities and industrial parks to assess their performance capacity to manage and communicate Natech risk, raise awareness and improve business continuity and preparedness measures for neighboring communities leading to an overall increase in territorial resilience. 2016-2019.
  • Development of an international comprehensive area-wide risk management framework for prevention of natural disaster triggered chemical accidents and oil and gas spills. This research emphasizes 1) establishment of a network for data and experiences exchange on Natech accidents and lessons learned; and 2) for application and testing of innovative hard and soft risk reduction counter measures for oil and gas spill prevention. 2016-2018.
  • Implementation of an integrated risk management system for industrial parks and port terminals subject to coast and river flooding. To do this, a quantitative Natech risk assessment methodology must be simplified and improved so that it may be applied to a large number of installations with minimum data input. Thus, a simplified probabilistic risk assessment methodology for chemical accidents triggered by river and coastal flooding based on analytical hierarchy processes for multi-criteria decision analysis (Busini et al. 2011) will be developed jointly by the combined Japanese and Colombian team members. 2015-2017.
  • Development of an educational framework for the increased involvement of Afghan women in disaster risk reduction and environmental decision-making. 2016-2019.
  • Study of air pollution emergencies in poor Ger districts in Mongolia and its relation to energy policies.
  • Risk perception and attitudes among tourist industry operators and tourists concerning disaster prevention and preparedness information disclosure.