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International Symposium on Water and Sediment Disasters in East Asia
the Global COE Program “Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities”

Date: March 23, 2010
Venue: Oubaku Plaza, Kyoto University Uji Campus

Organized by:
- Research Center for Fluvial and Coastal Disasters (DPRI)
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: 60

Report 081


East Asia frequently suffers from various natural disasters such as those caused by earthquakes, typhoons, heavy rainfalls, floods, tsunamis and storm surges. With the variation of global climatic conditions and rapid economic development in East Asia, this century is witnessing the ever-increasing risk of those kinds of disasters in this area. This symposium provides an opportunity for researchers/decision-makers working on water and sediment disasters to exchange ideas and expertise in an international framework. The symposium also intends to share with attendees the newest research results in climatic variation, urban flood/ inundation, sediment yield/transport, fluvial process and coastal erosion, from faculty members, researchers and graduate students of Kyoto University as well as invited experts from China, Korea and Taiwan.


Proceedings containing 3 keynote papers and 25 technical papers have been published. The papers have been peer reviewed by the members of the symposium Local Organizing Committee and possible revisions have been made by the corresponding authors before they are included in the proceedings. All papers are presented during the symposium either in the poster or the oral sessions.
In the keynote speeches, Prof. Sekiguchi reviewed recent advances in coastal geomorphology research and emphasized the importance of integrated sediment management. Prof. Wang introduced the emergency analysis and treatment of quake lakes in the Great Sichuan Earthquake of China in 2008 and Prof. Shieh gave a report on the disasters caused by 2009 Typhoon Morakot and renovation strategies in Taiwan.
In the technical sessions, presentations given by invited overseas experts and those given by researchers/students of DPRI are arranged alternately. Participants may easily understand their common points and differences in research interests, ideas and methodologies. It is of great importance for possible collaborations and future exchanges.
We had very fruitful discussions after each presentation. Moreover, we learned a lot from each other through the symposium. Participants agreed that this kind of event should be continued and some joint research plans were discussed during the field trip to Hodaka Sedimentation Observatory after the symposium.