Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
 Research Center for Fluvial and Coastal Disasters

  Urban Flood Control Research Section
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History



 The origin of the Urban Flood Control Research Section is Anti-Flood-Hazard Systems Research Division (established in 1982), which was restarted and renamed as Urban Flood Hazard in Bay Area Research Division in 1992. The establishment of the research unit was motivated by the imminent need of development of defensive measures against urban flood damage at that time. The urban flood damage and defensive measures became a prominent problem in conjunction with the residential developments in the mountain side areas, low wetlands and landfill sites, as well as the expansion of urban areas and the concentration of social and economic activities in densely populated cities located in the bay areas. The urban flood hazard was seriously recognized as a result of the following affecting factors:
Increased vulnerability of urban systems to natural disasters
Degradation of internal and external disasters due to river floods, storm surges, tsunamis and high sea waves in urban areas
Changes in boundary and environmental conditions of the coastal area, such as sea level rise and landfill
 The mission of the research division in the earlier years was to conduct basic research to establish a comprehensive disaster prevention / reduction system consisting of both hardware and software aspects, incorporating disaster prevention facilities, assessment of hazardous areas, appropriate land-use policy, alert and evacuation methodology etc.
 With the reorganization of DPRI in 1996, the research division was restructured as Urban Flood Control Research Section under Fluvial and Marine Disasters Research Division, and with the DPRI reorganization in 2005, the research unit became a part of Research Center for Fluvial and Coastal Disasters until the present day. Currently, the research unit has been developing research activities related to the following research topics.
Elucidation of flooding and flood damage and development of analytical models in highly developed and multilayered urban areas including buildings, road and sewage networks, underground commerce centers, subway and other underground spaces
Development of prediction analysis method and countermeasure for tsunami flooding and tsunami run-up to the urban areas
A method of prediction, prevention and mitigation of diverse and complex disaster processes in urban ares
Development of design and maintenance method of infrastructure and facilities for urban disaster prevention
Evaluation and control of dynamically coupled response of fluid / structure system


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Research Unit Name




Anti-Flood-Hazard Systems
(Apr 1982-Mar 1992)




Urban Flood Hazard in Bay Area
(Apr 1992-May 10, 1996)




Fluvial and Marine Disasters
Urban Flood Control
(May 11,1996-Mar 2005)




RCFCD
Urban Flood Control
(Apr 2005- )



Professor




T. Takahashi
(Apr 82-Feb 92)






K. Inoue
(Apr 92-Mar 03)






K. Toda
(Dec 03-Oct 12)






A. Igarashi
(Oct 13- )



Assoc. Prof.





H. Nakagawa
(Nov 90-Mar 95)




K. Toda
(Apr 95-Nov 03)






N. Yoneyama
(Apr 05- )



Assist. Prof.





H. Nakagawa
(May 82-Oct 90)