Course Title : Coastal and Urban Water Disasters Engineering

Code 10F269
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Wed 2nd
Location C1-192
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor T. Hiraishi, A. Igarashi, N. Yoneyama, N. Mori

Course Description

The coastal and densely populated urban areas with highly concentrated economic and social activities and infrastructures are exposed to the threat of coastal disasters such as tsunamis, storm surges, high waves, urban flood damage and urban earthquake disasters caused by paricular conditions associated with their characters. This course provides the factors, examples and characteristics of coastal and urban regional disasters, as well as disaster prevention measures taking these factors into consideration.


Grading will be based on the report and achievements in the class.

Course Goals

In-depth understanding of cocepts and knowledge necessary for taking measures against disasters, based on fundamental theories of hydraulics and structural mechanics, occurrence, propagation and deformation of external actions caused by coastal and urban earthquake disasters, as well as information on the past disaster and damage examples.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Outline of coastal and urbarn disasters 1 Introduction of coastal and urban disasters will be lectured. The type and cause of coastal and urban disasters will be explained for sequential lectures.
Modeling of tsunami, storm surge and waves 3 The fundamental physics and governing equations of tsunami, storm surge and ocean waves will be described and applications and historical events will be explained in detail.
Reduction of coastal disasters 3 Characteristics of historical tsunamis, storms surges and coastal erosion will be presented with countermeasures by engineering approaches. Reliability design for coastal structures will be explained following Japanese standard.
Earthquake disaster in urban areas 1 Review of recent earthquake disasters in urban areas in Japan and other counries
Prediction of regional damage due to earthquake and tsunami 3 Fundamental principles of regional damage prediction for scenario earthquakes and tsunami events
Achievement Evaluation 1 Submission of reports to integrate the idea of prevention and reduction of coastal and urban disasters, to evaluate students' achievements in understanding of the course material.


Not specified. Hand-outs and research papers are distributed when necessary.



Independent Study Outside of Class

The methodology and idea developed in the lecture should be explored by relating your own field of research.

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