Our Mission

The mission of ICHARM is to serve as the Global Centre of Excellence for Water Hazard and Risk Management by, inter alia, observing and analyzing natural and social phenomena, developing methodologies and tools, building capacities, creating knowledge networks, and disseminating lessons and information in order to help governments and all stakeholders manage risks of water related hazards at global, national, and community levels. The hazards to be addressed include floods, droughts, landslides, debris flows, tsunamis, storm surges, water contamination, and snow and ice disasters.
 We envision a Center of Excellence housing a group of leading people, superior facilities, and a knowledge base which enables conducting i) innovative research, ii) effective capacity building, and iii) efficient information networking. Based on these three pillars, ICHARM will globally serve as a knowledge hub for best national/local practices and an advisor in policy making.
( Revision on March 3rd, 2016 )

30 August 2017
The Plenary Session for the Platform on Water and Disasters was held after the May flood disaster in Sri Lanka

Since a severe flood disaster in Sri Lanka in late May this year, ICHARM has been planning to assist the country in flood management by using research outputs which have been achieved to date. As part of this support effort, the “Plenary Session for the Platform on Water and Disasters” was held on the afternoon of August 24 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in which all organizations relevant to flood management in Sri Lanka participated, such as Irrigation Department.

In the session, Sri Lankan institutes presented on the flood disaster in 2017, and ICHARM presented on flood information to be provided for Sri Lanka. After these presentations, Director Koike, who was a co-chair of the session, explained the Platform on Water and Disasters in detail including its future prospect. Discussions followed among all the participants, and the basic consensus was made on the concept of the Platform in Sri Lanka and other issues.


participants of Plenary Session for the Platform on Water and Disasters in Sri Lanka
8 August 2017
IFAS receives the 19th Infrastructure Technology Development Award 2017   check

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31 July 2017
ICHARM Newsletter Volume 12 No.2 (Issue No.45) is now available check

The latest version of ICHARM newsletter is now available.

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- Message from Director
- ICHARM Disaster Relief Activities in Sri Lanka
- PWRI and the University of Tokyo jointly issued the press release
- President of the 38th UNESCO General Conference visited ICHARM
- Workshop on "Platform on Water-related Disaster" in Pakistan
- High Level Consultation Meeting on IFI Coordination held in Myanmar
- Meeting for the Platform on Water-related Disasters in the Philippines
- Introduction of ICHARM research projects
 1, Badri Bhakta Shrestha, Senior researcher,[ Flood Disaster Risk Assessment in Asian Developing Countries under Climate Change Scenarios ]
 2, Duminda PERERA, Research specialist, [ Climate change impact study for the Lower Mekong Basin ]
 3, Daisuke Harada, Research specialist, [ Characteristics of flood flow with riverbed deformation in mountainous valley-bottom streams ]
 4, Mahtab Mohammad Hossain, Doctral student, [ Analysis on the Best Strategy to Attain the Maximum Economic Benefits in Haor Areas in Bangladesh ]
- ICHARM individual research project: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B: 15H05136 oversea, KAKENHI)
 1, Research Specialist Kwak visits CHMI and attends EGU2017
 2, Research Specialist Kwak visits a hydrology institute of India and conducts a field survey in flood-damaged areas
- Field trips by M. Sc. students
- UNESCO Pakistan project: training for Pakistani and Afghan experts
- Lectures at MJIIT, Malaysia
- Training workshops held in Pakistan
- Visited by Vice chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)
- Workshop on "Risk-Based Hydrologic Engineering Standards" in Koblenz, Germany
- APRSAF/SAFE-ESCAP Meeting, Training in Bangkok, Thailand
- CommonMP 10th Anniversary Workshop held in Tokyo
- Side event of the 73rd ESCAP general meeting in Thailand
- Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Cancun, Mexico
- Chief Researcher Tokunaga attends a TC annual meeting in Korea
- A regional workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay
- ICHARM Open Day 2017 held, inviting local school students
- Senior Researcher Yorozuya wins Bureau Director’s Award
- Senior Researcher Kikumori awarded for his contributions to CommonMP
- Personnel change announcement
- Comment from the internship student
- Publication List

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31 July 2017
Message from Director updated.   check

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21 July 2017
"Simulation of a flash flood forecast for a mountainous river" have been opened

We conducted simulation of a flash flood forecast for a mountain stream in a southern part of Japan as part of flood hazard research on mountainous rivers using a rainfall runoff inundation model (the RRI model) with forecasted rainfall data.

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6 July 2017
Emergency support for flood management in Sri Lanka
― Expectations for provision of real-time information for effective water-related disaster management by maximizing Japan’s advanced science and technology ―


A devastating flood disaster occurred in Sri Lanka in late May 2017, leaving over 300 people dead and missing. Upon the request of the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the government of Japan dispatched the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team to Sri Lanka to assist flood recovery efforts. The Public Works Research Institute (PWRI) assisted by sending a senior researcher as its expert.

Since further flood damage is anticipated in Sri Lanka, disaster-related information provided by using Japan’s advanced science and technology will be crucial for effective flood management. Under such circumstance, EDITORIA, which has developed DIAS, and ICHARM, which specializes in research on flood observation and forecasting, have decided to provide real-time flood forecasts and other information experimentally and to offer training and capacity development programs for proper utilization of these information.

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