About Core Research Cluster

Aims of Core Research Cluster

Creation and systematization of disaster science

Unifying or Bringing together four scientific areas based on the theory of the disaster cycle, we created research field “disaster science” through interdisciplinary cooperation within Tohoku University. We are developing existing disaster studies networks and organizations such as APRU. We also aim to systematize “disaster science” by strengthening international research collaboration, holding international conferences, and establishing a leading international research journal.

Contributions to disaster risk reduction and mitigation as well as development of human resources in international society

With activities such as the Global Center for Disaster Statistics established in cooperation with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), we want to understand how disaster risk reduction and mitigation efforts are conducted in other areas of the world and broaden knowledge on disaster risk reduction. We are part of leading the creation of a resilient society through evaluation using numerical targets through discussion with United Nations organizations and the global community at events like the World BOSAI Forum. Furthermore, we contribute to the development of expert human resources worldwide capable of implementing disaster risk reduction measures and responding to disasters according to the actual circumstances.

Core Research Cluster of Disaster Science

Establishment of a new academic discipline of disaster science combining natural and social science



Publication of the results of disaster studies in collaboration with international organizations

  • Application of the Global Center for Disaster Statistics, founded at this University in collaboration with the World BOSAI Forum and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and others.

Leading the creation of a truly resilient society

The Essence

As a university that experienced a major earthquake, we want to share excellent research results globally.
The university is a global pioneer in creating an interdisciplinary research group of Disaster Science that unites four research disciplines (humanities, social science, practical applied science, and natural science)
Our base is the theory of the disaster cycle

Strengthening research / Organization of the Core Research Cluster of Disaster Science

Participating Departments

Graduate School of Arts and Letters
Graduate School of Sciences
Graduate School of Environmental Science
Institute of Development, Aging, and Cancer
International Research Institute of Disaster Science
Center for Northeast Asian Studies
School of Medicine

International Cooperation

  • Harvard University (US)
  • University of Hawaii (US)
  • University of California (US)
  • University of London (UK)
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • The German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Germany)
  • University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

Program summary

We create this “disaster science” research group to protect international society from the impact of intensifying natural disasters.
  • We systematize the knowledge earned from the Great East Japan Earthquake through the collaboration of core research institutes, laboratories and graduate schools.
  • Using the theory of the disaster response cycle, we unite four different research fields to pioneer the creation of an interdisciplinary research group.
  • Through international collaborative research and meetings with the international science council, we establish a research group of disaster science and launch an international journal based on interdisciplinary cooperation.
Fusion with applied and interdisciplinary science that uses the latest science and technology
  • We develop forecast techniques and support the clarification of mechanisms for low frequency large scale disasters.
  • We create a global observation network (new big data) and invest in the enhancement of real time prediction information and instant offers regarding the needs of society.
  • We propose a multi harm model and are working on the enhancement of the harm forecast accuracy.
  • We propose a new survival model based on the expertise of disaster medicine, psychology, and neuroscience.
  • We want to lead the creation of a resilient society through the numerous evaluations and discussions with relevant organizations like the UN and the World BOSAI Forum.
Expected results from the formation a disaster science network research cluster and by the education of experts
  • Strengthening of the disaster science research network research cluster with organizations like the APRU.
  • The development of the Global Center for Disaster Statistics.
  • The expansion of the Disaster Digital Archive Section (Michinoku Shinrokuden).