Disaster Area Support

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Professor: Makoto OKUMURA
Associate Professor: Kanako IUCHI
Assistant Professor: Daijiro MIZUTANI

Disaster Area Support Laboratory


Regional geographical data and Operations Research technique are applied to enhance the supporting activities to a disaster-affected area, and give suggestions to prior data accumulation, inter-institutional cooperation agreements, goods reservations, and on-site communications and decision-makings. In advisory works for National and Municipal Governments, collaborations to build more resilient and easy to be supported area are conducted.


1Study on Humanitarian Logistics

 We investigate the planning method of logistics planning, without enough information either of real needs in the disaster area, or of future schedule of providers outside the disaster area. It is important to suggest a feasible method based on geographical data accumulated prior, and on easily available data such as dispatch records.


2Study on Safe Regional Structure Design, certifying Secure Disaster Evacuations

We investigate the designing method of safe regional structure with feasibility of disaster evacuations. It considers the harmonizing the safety, inexpensive construction, and daily life compactness, based on the present geography of natural landscape, residential and industrial activities.


3Study on Reliable and Flexible Disaster Response and Management

Cooperation with municipal governments and other public bodies, we investigate a reliable disaster response and flexible management tackling with the real uncertainties of large-scale disaster. The multi-actor gaming simulation system, installed in the new IRIDeS building is used as a study tool.


Disaster Support Goods arrived to Higashi-Matsushima City.


Optimal transportation plan of wounded people to hospitals by possible disaster



Town hall of Otsuchi-town, Iwate Pref., affected by Tsunami and fire.