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Director, R&D Center for Earthquake and Tsunami

R&D Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT) has two principal missions. One is understanding nature of earthquakes and tsunamis by using state-of-the-art marine observation systems. The other is distributing and demonstrating marine-based observed data and scientific results to broad communities in order to mitigate of earthquake and tsunami disasters.

The 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake caused heavy casualties, damage and great confusion in the Japanese society. At the same time, this earthquake thought us a number of valuable lessons concerning a direction of an earthquake and tsunami research. For example, marine-based observations provide essential data to understand nature of earthquake occurred in a subduction plate boundary, and revealing realistic records of past earthquakes and present states of seismogenic zones are fundamental to predict future phenomena.

Furthermore, the earthquake taught us that data and scientific results to reveal nature of earthquakes and tsunamis is common properties of all mankind to mitigate earthquake and tsunami deserters. As a member of JAMSTEC, which is one of world leading marine-earth research institutions, we have been conducting various marine observations for imaging and monitoring the seismogenic zones. The data and results from those observations become meaningful properties of all mankind when they are properly and widely used for local communities, educations and industries.

We continue to aim a world leading research and technology development of the earthquake and tsunami researches, and provide fundamental marine observed data in order to mitigate earthquake/tsunami disasters under a cooperation with a broader society in the general public.

2014 April
Shuichi Kodaira
Director, R&D Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT)