Environmental Emergency Management Research(PG3)

Environmental Emergency Management Research(PG3) - NIES Fukushima Branch

Environmental Emergency Management Research(PG3)

We are endeavoring to prepare for future disasters from environmental and safety perspectives by reviewing the experiences and lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake and other disasters, and responding urgently to disasters as they occur.

Current (Fourth five-year plan) activities

Research goals

Formulation of environmental emergency response measures and environmental risk management methods to apply to future disasters through review of environmental management after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Research overview

We take action research approach aimed at preparing for future disasters through applying the results of research to date on a trial basis to our response to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake and other disasters, and through supporting the day-to-day disaster preparedness efforts of local authorities and other organizations. We are also reviewing approaches to environmental risk management, methods and organization for when disasters and accidents occur.

Previous activities

Research overview

We made recommendations regarding future disaster waste management systems based on the results of our review of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster waste management. We also investigated the status of disaster response organizations both in Japan and overseas to consider ways of organizing environmental monitoring when emergency situations arise.

Application of research outcomes, etc.

The outcomes of our research on disaster waste have been applied by both national and local authorities to the treatment of tsunami debris and its utilization in reconstruction materials, and to the formulation of measures for managing disaster waste. We also conducted emergency environmental field research and participated in disaster waste treatment response when the Kanto and Tohoku regions suffered flood damage after heavy rainfall in 2015.