2022 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Reduction

Font size  SML

Register update notification mail Add to favorite lecture list
Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Morikawa Hitoshi  Yamanaka Hiroaki 
Class Format
Lecture    (Livestream)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Course number
Academic year
Offered quarter
Syllabus updated
Lecture notes updated
Language used
Access Index

Course description and aims

Damages from earthquakes and tsunamis have large impacts on society. The instructor explains damages caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, what mechanisms cause physical phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and what sort of behaviors structures affected by these hazards will exhibit. This is a long-distance course in which the lectures are shared globally through the internet. Through lectures from people involved with overseas earthquake disasters, students are expected to have specific images of the various forms of disasters.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to achieve the following in this course. 1) Understand the physics of earthquakes 2) Understand the physics of tsunamis 3) Understand the behavior of structures during earthquakes and think about what measures can be taken 4) Understand the behavior of the ground during earthquakes 5) Understand the relationship between ground structure and seismic motion, and be able to select an estimation method for ground structures appropriately adapted to the objectives.


earthquake disaster, tsunami disaster, ground structure, land slide, liquefaction, dynamic response of structures

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The remote lecture system is used to connect with overseas universities and share lectures. Lecture materials are distributed in advance. Movies of the lectures can be viewed for one month after the lecture. If students don't understand anything, they can watch the video at a later day to review. Not only the teaching staffs of Tokyo Tech but also of overseas universities will give lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Structural Assesment and Intervention Approaches for Historical Structure Structural Assesment and Intervention Approaches for Historical Structure
Class 2 Tsunami Disaster and Recent Countermeasures Tsunami Disaster, Recent Countermeasures
Class 3 Geothermal Heat Exchanger Systems and Energy Piles Geothermal Heat Exchanger Systems, Energy Piles
Class 4 Centrifuge Modeling on Geotechnical Earthquake Disasters Centrifuge Modeling, Geotechnical Earthquake Disasters
Class 5 Tailoring the ground motion models for comprehensive applications of seismic hazard analyses ground motion models, seismic hazard analyses
Class 6 Earthquake and Tsunami Damage Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Technology Remote Sensing Technology, Earthquake and Tsunami Damage Monitoring
Class 7 Seismic, Landslide, Volcanic Tsunamis, Modeling, Impact and Resilience Seismic, Landslide, and Volcanic Tsunamis, Modeling
Class 8 AI-informed seismic assessment and resilience evaluation AI technology, seismic assessment, resilience evaluation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


No textbook is assigned.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Documents will be distributed, if necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework will be assigned for each class. The achievement will be assessed through the homework.

Related courses

  • UDE.S433 : Introduction on Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion
  • UDE.S432 : Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • UDE.S434 : Safe Built Environment I
  • UDE.E402 : GIS and Digital Image Processing for Built Environment
  • UDE.S531 : Microtremor Survey Techniques using Theory of Stochastic Process

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

no requirements


This course is international class among Turkey, Taiwan, and Japan using the Zoom or Polycom meeting. Four universities including TokyoTech will provide two lectures per university. The class is scheduled on Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2022 (8 weeks). Oct. 28 and Nov. 25 are scheduled. The class begins from 16:00. The contents and schedule will be changed because of arrangements among foreign universities.

Page Top