Research Center for Urban Safety and Security
Kobe University, Japan
1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Speech title in IC-STAR 2015 (Keynote Session #1: Day 1, 21 September 2015, 10.30 – 11.00)
Interdisciplinary research activities on disaster prevention and mitigation at Kobe University by forming collaboration COE
Disaster prevention and mitigation researches are essentially interdisciplinary and have to be practical. The ultimate objective of the researches is to protect lives and living spaces from natural hazards and their contents widely vary from scientific areas to social affairs; i.e. emergency disaster rescue and life-saving, evacuation, shelter, crisis management, damage estimation, victim care during recovery and reconstruction, resilient living infrastructure, industrial infrastructure, temporary housing and reconstruction residential development, disaster tolerant promotion, methods of volunteer support, disaster preparation, damage estimation, hazard maps, disaster prevention education and so forth. How can the linkage and cooperation be realized between them? How can they be made converge on the ultimate objective? Here, introduced is a trial made to achieve the interdisciplinary researches at the stage of the disaster prevention and mitigation COE at the Kobe University Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, which has been established through collaboration with AICS, JAMSTEC and E-Defense with cooperation from the Kobe City Office, the Hyogo Prefectural Government and Kobe Shimbun (newspaper publisher).