ICHARM Researcher Sayama Wins the 2013 Young Scientists’ Prize by MEXT Minister

Dr. Takahiro Sayama, researcher of ICHARMDr. Takahiro Sayama, researcher of ICHARM, was awarded the 2013 Young Scientists’ Prize, officially known as the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, on April 16 for his recent study on rainfall-runoff-inundation simulation of mega-flood events in the world.

This annual award is given to young researchers under age 40 who are recognized for outstanding research achievement, such as promising, creative research work with an original viewpoint, which demonstrates the researchers’ high level of research and development capability.

In the prize-winning work, Dr. Sayama has been working on the development of the Rainfall-Runoff-Inundation (RRI) model, designed to simulate river discharges and flood inundation processes in an integrated manner on a river-basin scale, and applied it to the 2010 Pakistani and the 2011 Thai floods. The prize was a great inspiration for him to continue upgrading this research work to contribute to worldwide water-related risk reduction.