GADRI activities will be streamlined to fully support the targets of the 2016 Science and Technology Roadmap to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which calls for the need of focused action across sectors by States at local, national, regional and global levels. The four Priority Areas of the Sendai Framework are as follows:

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to "Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.[1]


[1] Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2020

 
 
 

Brief Description

Atmospheric and hydrospheric phenomena have a variety of spatio-temporal scales from microscales, regional-scales, to global scales. Such phenomena include tornadoes, heavy rainfalls, typhoons, and planetary-scale anomalous weather. Deep and coherent understanding of the mechanisms of these phenomena and also the processes leading to various consequences thereof are the key to mitigate disaster risks. Our thematic area contributes to global disaster risk reduction by providing united efforts in weather and climate related sciences and engineering.

Activities

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The fourth International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems - Urban Flood Risk Management: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures in the MENA Region was held at the University of Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco from 4 to 6 December 2018.

The third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting in the Arab Regions was held at the Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 5 to 7 December 2017.

This event is the second in a new series of annual International Symposia on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems. Furthermore this symposium was supported by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GARDI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan.

First International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting of Flash Floods in the Arab Regions was held at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan from 14 to 15 October 2015.

 
 
 

Brief Description

The Earthquake and Volcano Hazard group supports international collaborative research related to seismic and volcanic hazards. The group supports international exchange of data and promotes access of these data sets for research purposes. Also, the group helps coordinate field investigations of important earthquakes and volcanic events.

Activities

GADRI Earthquake and Volcano Group held the workshop on "Bridging Strong-motion and Earthquake Damage" at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 25 February 2016.

 
 
 

Brief Description

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Geohazards exhibit various aspects wenomena, such as landslides, debris flow, soil eroson, liquefaction, settlement, in both natural and artificial geomaterials, depending on spatial distribution of topographic, hydrologic and geologic conditions. Potential of geo-hazards are also time varying due to the long-term phenomena such as regional tectonics and climate change, and also short-term processes, especially by heavy rainfall, snow melting, and earthquake shaking. Spatial and temporal prediction of geo-hazards, risk assessment and countermeasures against human, social and economic damages requires collaborative approaches across various scientific or engineering disciplines. We need tight coupling of updated scientific understanding of earth surface processes and latest technology in geotechnical engineering for developing, sharing, and generalizing the strategy for geo-hazard mitigation, with feedbacks from its social applications.

Activities

The 4th Slope Tectonics Conference was held at Kyoto University. There were two days meeting session held in Kyoto followed by a three-day field trip to the Kii Mountains, a world heritage site, in Kii Peninsula, Central Japan. The conference was held from 14 to 18 October 2017.


Workshop on "New Generation of Geohazard Mapping and Strategy for Its Social Application" at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Obaku Plaza on 12 March 2016.

GEMINI (Geohazard mitigation on the new innovation in science and engineering) is a project for developing, sharing and generalizing the strategy for geohazard mitigation.

 
 
 

Brief Description

"Disaster Risk Reduction" requires tackling the various factors that influence a society's vulnerability to disasters in an integrated, holistic, and comprehensive way, which finally call for a concept, framework, methodology of "Integrated Disaster Risk Management". Successful integrated disaster risk management requires integration between disciplines, stakeholders, levels of government, and between global, regional, national, local and individual efforts, which fills gaps between theory and practice under functional scheme of "Disaster Risk Governance". This group is to share and discuss findings, tested assumptions and commonplace knowledge, new methods and innovative ideas defining and strengthening the framework of integrated disaster risk management.

Activities

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GADRI Open Discussion Forum: How Can Disaster Research Institutes Significantly Contribute to Real World Disaster Risk Reduction? - was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 15 March 2018.

GADRI Open Discussion Forum: GADRI Projects and Activities was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 23 March 2016. The Forum was held in conjunction with the First Meeting of the GADRI Board of Directors and was attended by 55 participants from 18 countries representing various institutions and governmental agencies.


The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institute (GADRI) organized a Round Table Discussion Workshop: Towards an Integrated Disaster Risk Research Platform for Hydro-Meteorological Hazards at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 13 and 16 October 2015.