A Record of the International Collaboration in Space-Based Responses to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake
This book provides a record of support provided to Japan by the international community during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, using the disaster as an example of international collaboration in the field of space-based disaster response. At the time of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 27 satellites from 14 countries and regions repeatedly and collaboratively observed the disaster area from space to support disaster response activities by observing the situation in real time. This book is a record of that activity. Through the response to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, it was empirically proven that space-based responses with international collaboration can effectively support relief efforts during mass catastrophes.
Kazuya Kaku received a Master’s degree from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1978 and a PhD from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 2010. He previously worked with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Sentinel Asia project to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region by applying satellite remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Japan. His is particularly interested in the application of satellite remote sensing to disaster management, and has published two books on the subject: An Introduction to Applying Satellite Remote Sensing to Disaster Management (2019) and A Holistic Case-Study Approach to Applying Satellite Remote Sensing to Disaster Management (2021).
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