Structure of Research Theme in FY 2014

1 . Research on Infrastructure for Homeland Security

1A . Research on Earthquake Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. An Understanding of Earthquake Disaster Mechanisms by Strong-Motion Observation and Damage Monitoring
  Fundamental Research    Observation of strong motions in port areas and airports followed by compilation and analysis of data
Fundamental Research    Earthquake disaster investigations
  1. Improving the Forecasting Accuracy of Strong Motion
  1. Research on Regional Resilience to Large-Scale Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Fundamental Research    Development of methods for forecasting strong motions including huge subduction earthquakes
considering the non-linear behavior of large ground areas 
  1. Forecasting Ground and Structure Motions, and Developing Technologies for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation
Applied Research    Study on simple methods for evaluating the earthquake resistance of existing mooring facilities
Applied Research    Research on the applicability of shear control improvements to the ground beneath airport surfaces
Fundamental Research    Research on the mechanism and evaluation prediction of liquefaction due to the coupling effect of seismic ground motion
Applied Research    Development of diagnostic techniques and countermeasures for improving the disaster
prevention properties of industrial complexes consisting of various facilities
Fundamental Research  Proposal of methods for evaluating the earthquake resistance of pile-type foundation structures
and methods of reinforcing them

1B . Research on Tsunami Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Research on
    earthquake-tsunami compound disaster
  1. Research on Tsunami
    and Earthquake
    Disaster Resilience
Fundamental Research Development of technology for predicting damage to tsunami disaster prevention facilities
caused by earthquakes and tsunamis
  1. Research on structural and nonstructural
    tsunami 
    countermeasures
Applied Research   Development of structural performance verification methods assuming maximum tsunamis
  1. Research on tsunami disaster scenarios
Fundamental Research   Development of an ocean-earth connection tsunami model
Applied Research   Establishment of measures for improving the safety of ships in ports against tsunamis
Development Research  Development of an estimation method and countermeasures against drift caused by earthquakes

1C . Research on Prevention and Mitigation of Disasters Caused by High Wave and Storm Surge

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Measurements and Hindcasts of Offshore
    Waves
  1. Research on
    Influences of Climate Change on Coastal
    Disasters Caused by High Waves, Storm Surges and Beach
    Erosion, and Countermeasures
Fundamental Research   Creating databases that link the integrated processing and analysis of oceanographic
measurement data to estimated values
  1. Design of Maritime Structures to Prevent
    Disasters Caused by High Wave and Storm
    Surge
Development Research   Risk assessment for coastal disasters using the system of multi-scale wave transformation model
Applied Research   Study on forces beyond design caused by unexpected high waves and measures for reducing them
Applied Research   Establishment of a performance verification method by means of a numerical wave tank using random waves
  1. FPrediction of Risks due to Global Warming
    and Countermeasures
Development Research   Evaluation of the variation in marine forces under medium- and long-term climate change
Fundamental Research   Investigation of the wind, high wave, and wave characteristics of catastrophic typhoons in inner bays in Japan
  1. Maintenance and Improvement of Programs
    and Databases
  Development Research Improvement of the program library and its related databases for marine environment and engineering research

2 . Research for the Creation of a Comfortable and Beautiful Homeland

2A . Research on Improving Water and Sediment Quarity in Enclosed Bay

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Evaluation of the Role of Coastal Marine
    Ecosystems in Mitigating Climate Change
  1. Research on
    Preserve, Recovery
    and Carbon Dioxide
    Absorption by Coastal
    Ecosystems and Environmental
    Restoration
    of Semi-enclosed
    Embayments
Fundamental Research Investigation, experiment, and analysis for the establishment of a method of measuring the emission
and removal of carbon dioxide, and the amount of carbon sequestered in coastal areas
  1. Development of Restoration Technologies of
    Tidal Flats and Shallows with Biodiversity
Fundamental Research    Surveys and experiments on the importance of the form and behavior of organisms in the
structure of the coastal food chain
Applied Research   Development of integrated assessment and management methods for the benthic ecosystem
and ground environment in tidal flats and sandy beaches
  1. Development of Improving Methods of Water
    Environment in Enclosed Bays
Fundamental Research   Full-time continuous monitoring of the environment of closed inner bays followed by statistical analysis
Applied Research   Establishment of a system for predicting the environmental dynamics in inner bays based on detailed sediment analysis
  1. Research on the Management of Chemicals
    in Coastal Waters
  Applied Research   Surveys and analyses of the movement and methods of controlling radioactive substances in coastal areas
  1. Investigations on Physico-Chemical
    Processes in the Benthic Boundary Layer and
    Development of Management Strategy of Sediment
    in Ports and Harbors
  1. Research on
    Preserve, Recovery
    and Carbon Dioxide
    Absorption by Coastal
    Ecosystems and Environmental
    Restoration
    of Semi-enclosed
    Embayments
Fundamental Research   Study on Settling process of suspended fine particles in estuaries and their modeling

2B . Research on Oil Spill and Rafts Response

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Response for Oil Spill
  1. Research on
    Oil Spill Response
    Technologies in a
    Coastal Zone
Development Research   Development of new technologies to improve the performance of oil recovery vessels
Applied Research  Research on forecasting oil spill drift in a disaster by numerical computation

2C . Research on Conservation and Formation of Sandy-Beaches

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Field Measurements on morphological
    changes
  1. Research on
    Influences of Climate
    Change on Coastal
    Disasters Caused by
    High Waves, Storm
    Surges and Beach
    Erosion, and Countermeasures
Fundamental Research   Development of methods to predict changes in beach topography taking changes in nearshore currents into account
  1. Numerical Investigations on Morphological
    Changes
Applied Research Development of a sediment transport model in enclosed bays and inland sea areas taking
mixed sand-mud sediment into account
  1. Developing Effective Methods of Beach
    Management Against Coastal Erosion and
    Sedimentation
Development Research   Establishment of maintenance and management methods for waterways using a model for
forecasting morphological changes

3 . Research on Infrastructure for a Vigorous Society and Economy

3A . Research on Upgrading Port and Airport Facilities

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Improvement of performance verification
    methods for port, harbor, and airport facilities
  1. Research on
    Upgrading Infrastructures
    for Strengthening
    International
    Competitiveness
Fundamental Research Proposal of testing methods for the strength and compressive properties of cohesive soil in
designing port and airport facilities
Development Research   Establishment of a method for evaluating the performance of sheet pile wall-stabilized ground
Applied Research   Research on methods for evaluating the bearing capacity of piles for the renewal and
improvement of port and airport facilities
Fundamental Research   Research on the dynamics of seabed flow and evaluation of the stability of breakwaters and seawalls
Development Research   Improvement of the program library and its related databases for geotechnical and structural engineering
  1. Development of techniques for upgrading
    port, harbor, and airport facilities
Fundamental Research   Research on technologies for improving the ground around existing facilities
  1. Promotion of Logistics Innovation
Applied Research   Research on distribution via seamless domestic and foreign trade terminals
  1. Development of techniques for promotion of
    utilization method of by-products
Fundamental Research   Research on the durability of iron/steel slag from rotating furnaces for marine use
Fundamental Research   Research on quantifying the improvement of soil properties by classification

3B . Research on Strategic Maintenance for Port and Airport Facilities

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Investigation of Prediction Models of Materials
    Deterioration and Structural Performance
    Degradation
  1. Research on
    Strategic Maintenance
    for Port and Airport
    Facilities
Fundamental Research   Evaluation of the long-term stability of concrete, steel, and other materials through exposure tests
Fundamental Research   Improvement of the cathodic protection design of offshore steel structures considering soil properties
Applied Research   Establishment of methods for designing wharf structures considering progress and laborsaving
in maintenance and management
  1. Integration of Structural Design and Performance
    Verification Methods of Structures in
    Ports and Airports
Development Research Development of a life-cycle simulation model for port structures
Development Research   Improvement of the separation resistance of asphalt pavement in airports and development
of methods for evaluating it
Applied Research   Development and application of a technology database for strategic maintenance of port and airport facilities
Development Research   Study on the introduction of health monitoring of port structures
  1. Integration of Inspection and Diagnosis
    Techniques for Life Cycle Management of
    Coastal Structures
Development Research   Expansion of the functions of ROVs for inspecting the construction of the top of wharf
structures

3C .Research on Effective Use of Ocean Space and Renewable Energy

Research Subtheme Priority Topics Type of Research Items on the Research Agenda
( ☆ indicates special research)
  1. Effective Utilization of the Ocean Space

 
  1. Research on Effective
    Use of Ocean
    Space and Renewable
    Energy
Development Research Development of technologies for utilizing mooring facilities constructed in isolated reef areas
Development Research   Study on the development of ocean resources in remote islands 
  1. Effective Utilization of the Ocean Renewable
    Energy
Applied Research   Investigation on the application of ocean energy conversion system to port areas
  1. Development of the new technologies for
    Ocean Investigation and construction

 
Development Research   Basic study on the development of marine and submarine unmanned observation systems
Applied Research Research and development of methodology for downsizing the 3-D wide-angle moving image sonar system 

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