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Encuentro de Ciencia y Tecnología – ECITEC 2016

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Dr. Erick Mas

Tohoku University

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Título de la conferencia

Experiences and Activities on Interdisciplinary Research and Disaster Science in Japan


After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET), Tohoku University founded the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS). IRIDeS puts together broad areas of specializations and conducts world leading research on disaster science and disaster mitigation. From the lessons of the 2011 GEJET, innovation in technology and research is conducted with an action oriented approach. Issues triggered from disasters are highly complex and multi-disciplinary.
The author of this work has participated at IRIDeS from its beginning years and has experienced the new paradigm of interdisciplnary research in Japan. The author is affiliated to the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics for Disaster Management (ReGiD). At ReGiD we develop technology for damage estimation and rapid response support after disasters. Our mission is to enhance simulation techniques (earthquake, tsunami, evacuation, etc.) through model development. In addition, remote sensing technology research using satellite images and UAV is conducted to grasp the disaster impact within large areas. In this presentation, a summary of some of the multiple activities conducted at IRIDeS will be shared. At the same time, the author will share in much detail his experience on disaster science [1,2], tsunami simulation [3], agent-based simulation [4], remote sensing for damage estimation [5] and international collaboration projects participated such as the SATREPS projects.


Erick Mas (a)
(a) Associate Professor,IRIDeS, Tohoku University 9800845, Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba-ku, Aoba 468-1 (E301), Japan


[1] Mas, E., Adriano, B., Kuroiwa H., J., Koshimura, S. (2015). Reconstruction Process and Social Issues After the 1746 Earthquake and Tsunami in Peru: Past and Present Challenges After Tsunami Events. In V. Santiago-Fandino, Y. A. Kontar, & Y. Kaneda (Eds.), Post-Tsunami Hazard Reconstruction and Restoration (Volume 44, pp. 97–109). Springer Netherlands.
[2] Mas, E., Bricker, J. D., Kure, S., Adriano, B., Yi, C. J., Suppasri, A., & Koshimura, S. (2015). Field survey report and satellite
image interpretation of the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 15(4), 805–816.
[3] Mas, E., Adriano, B., Pulido, N., Jimenez, C., Koshimura, S. (2014). Simulation of Tsunami Inundation in Central Peru from Future Megathrust Earthquake Scenarios. Journal of Disaster Research, 9(6), 961–967.
[4] Mas, E., Koshimura, S., Imamura, F., Suppasri, A., Muhari, A., Adriano, B. (2015). Recent Advances in Agent-Based Tsunami Evacuation Simulations: Case Studies in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Peru. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(12), 3409–3424.
[5] Mas, E., Koshimura, S., Suppasri, A., Matsuoka, M., Matsuyama, M., Yoshii, T., Jimenez, C., Yamazaki, F., Imamura, F. (2012). Developing Tsunami fragility curves using remote sensing and survey data of the 2010 Chilean Tsunami in Dichato. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 12(8), 2689–2697