The Development of Micromedia Transmitting the Disaster-Related Information Against Torrential Rains and Guerrilla Rains
Satomi Sudo*, Go Urakawa**, and Haruo Hayashi***
*Global Survey Corporation, 1-20-1 Numakage, Minami-ku, Saitama, Saitama 336-0027, Japan
**Education Center for Disaster Reduction, University of Hyogo, 1-5-2 Wakinohamakaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073, Japan
***Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
Torrential and guerrilla rains have recently happened frequently and caused damage in Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency already has an observation system that covers individual administrative boundaries to provide hazard information. It is not possible with this system, however, to determine the risk of such rain coming “right here and now.” The purpose of this research is to develop Micromedia, an information system utilizing GIS and location information that provides all individuals in Japan with realtime disaster information anywhere, anytime using mobile phones (smart phones) and car navigation systems with GPS.
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