1. Name

(Kaoru Treasure TAKARA)

2. Position

Professor and Dean,
Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS)
in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan), Kyoto University

3. Affiliation/Organization/Institute

1 Yoshida-Nakaadachi-Cho, Sakyo-ku,Kyoto 606-8306, Japan
Web Page:
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4. Education

B.Eng., Kyoto University 1979.03
M.Sc., Kyoto University 1981.03
D.Eng., Kyoto University 1990.01

5. Job experiences

Instructor, Civil Engineering, Kyoto University
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Gifu University
Associate Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
2017.04- to date:
Dean, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS) in Human Survivability, Kyoto University
2018.04- to date:
Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS) in Human Survivability, Kyoto University

6. Short introduction

Professor Kaoru Takara has been interested in physically-based stochastic hydrological analysis, using state-space modeling of river basins with advanced technologies such as the Kalman filter, rain radar, satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and computer intensive statistics (CIS). Modeling and forecasting of heavy rainfalls, floods and landslides are key to prevent and reduce disaster risks in river basins. His current interests include: probable maximum precipitation (PMP), probable maximum flood (PMF), frequency analysis of meteorological and hydrological extremes with parametric and non-parametric methods, climate change impacts, downscaling of global climate model (GCM) outputs for applications at basin scale, and disaster risk governance. Prof. Takara published 25 co-authored books, 200+ peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, and 130+ articles in annuals and journals.

He has been contributing to international cooperation research activities through UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Asia Pacific Association of hydrology and Water Resources (APHW), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Water Resources Association (IWRA), International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), and Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), as well as through a role as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Flood Risk Management (JFRM).

In the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Prof. Takara has produced 48 doctors including international students: Brazil (2), China (5), Croatia (2), India (2), Indonesia (4), Japan (13), R. Korea (3), Lao PDR (1), Malaysia (4), Nepal (4), The Philippines, Taiwan (2), Tanzania, and Vietnam (4).

He is now leading two trans-disciplinary implementation science programs: “Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies” (GSS 2011-2018) in cooperation with nine graduate schools and three research institutes of Kyoto University; and “Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) Disaster Prevention Program (WP4)” implemented by Kyoto University and other Japanese and ASEAN universities (2015-2020).

In April 2018, he has established the UNECO Chair on Water, Energy and Disaster Management for Sustainable Development (WENDI): http://wendi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

7. On-going services

Associate Member (2008.10- ), Science Council of Japan (SCJ)
Chairperson (2018.2- ), Japanese National Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
Member (2016.6- ), Japan Academic Network for Disaster Reduction (JANET-DR)
President (2017.4-2020.3), Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science (JSNDS)
President (2018.9-), Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources (JSHWR)
Secretary-General (2013.8- ), Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources (APHW)
Executive Director (2002.12-2008.12; 2018.1- ), Vice president (2009.1-2014.12), International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)
Chairperson (2013.2- ), Japanese National Committee for International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
Adjunct Professor (2008.10- ), United Nations University (UNU)
Adjunct Professor (2004.9- ), Sun Yat-sen University, China
Adjunct Professor (2017.12- ), Chang’an University, China

8. Experiences/services completed

Visiting Scientist (1992.11-1993.9), College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, USA
Associate Editor (2008-2017), Journal of Flood Risk Management (JFRM)
Expert Member (2009.9-2012.8), Scientific and Technical Committee, UNISDR
Member, Result Management Council, Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), World Bank
Director (Board Member) (2013.1-2015.12), International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
Member (2009.12-2015.11), Japanese National Commission for UNESCO
Vice Chairperson (2008.6-2010.7), IHP Intergovernmental Council, UNESCO
Chairperson (2013.10-2015.10), Secretary (1999.10-2012.11), Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

(as of 27 September 2018)