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JDR Vol.16 No.3 p. 309
(2021)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0309

Editorial:

Special Issue on Actions Toward Futuristic Urban Flood Risk Research and Management

Yoshihiro Shibuo, Kenji Kawaike, and Hiroaki Furumai

Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University
Higashinokuchi, Shimomisu, Yoko-oji, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Research Center for Water Environment Technology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Published:
April 1, 2021

As rainfalls exceeding the designed level have increased, so has damage associated with pluvial flooding. Typhoon Hagibis, which swept Japan in 2019, left 140 municipalities in 15 prefectures scarred from flooding. The sewage networks damaged by the typhoon affected civic life by paralyzing urban functions, raising concerns in urban flood risk and management. Increases in heavy rainfall events associated with global climate change are expected to increase damage from pluvial flooding, thereby necessitating reviews of current urban flood risk management for the purpose of making further improvements against future threats. As we enter an era of frequent urban flooding, it is vitally important that we prepare for urban flood risk management by sharing scientific and technological knowledge among academics, private companies, and administrators.

In this context, the current issue is a compilation of contemporary research studies in academia, technological advances in private companies, and practical applications in public administrations in Japan. The works include: the application of urban flood modeling in safe evacuation strategies, the assessment of economic loss, and the impact of climate change; state of the art technologies for urban flood management with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet Communication Technology (ICT), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and the next generation of weather radars; and best practices for flood countermeasures, based on knowledge and experience from historical flooding and applied in prefectural governments and local municipalities.

We are grateful to all the authors and reviewers who contributed to this special issue, and we hope that it may internationally enhance knowledge-exchange in preparation for growing urban flood risks.

Cite this article as:
Yoshihiro Shibuo, Kenji Kawaike, and Hiroaki Furumai, “Special Issue on Actions Toward Futuristic Urban Flood Risk Research and Management,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16, No.3, p. 309, 2021.
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