Summer 2019 – 497-313: IPRO Abroad Osaka: Tsunami Disaster Prevention Planning

Meeting Day/Time
Session A (6/3 to 7/27) Mondays/Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:10 pm
Tsunami & Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Planning Station, Osaka, Japan
Rebecca Steffenson (Social Sciences) ( and 312.567.5132) and Robert Ellis (Applied Math) (
Appropriate Majors
All students are welcome to apply to participate and travel abroad. Registration will be by permit only once students submit their deposits and are accepted.

Experts believe that Osaka is due for a major infrastructure-changing earthquake/tsunami in the next 30 years. Japanese citizens are well educated about tsunami safety protocol, but Osaka has seen a major increase in foreign visitors and residents from 2 million in 2002 to 11.2 million since 2012. The disaster planning agencies are concerned that this new population is not properly informed about tsunami safety protocols.

The IPRO team will collaborate with the Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Planning Station in Osaka to help local planners explore solutions to help increase disaster preparedness among foreign tourist and expatriates. This IPRO project will develop risk assessments for areas with high concentrations of foreigners (both tourists and expatriates) and develop strategies to increase tsunami safety education.

Students will research tsunami safety education programs, engage with stakeholders, analyze existing data, develop new data collection tools, and prototype a solution to this problem that utilizes the best available technology.

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