The aim of the Water Cycle Data Integrator (WCI) unit is to promote research activities, education, and operational implementation of the data integration approach for addressing water cycle related issues. Integration of Earth observation data with local measurements and information on water cycle and water-related fields including climate, food, health, energy, biodiversity as well as disasters and economics is essential for holistic understanding of water cycle variability changes, improving capability to predict them, quantitatively evaluate their impact on society, and propose adequate adaptation measures. Such data integration function has been enabled by the Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS), which was launched in 2006 at the University of Tokyo and has been progressing towards provision of operational services. The WCI unit pursues maximum exploitation of DIAS as a data information infrastructure for generating public benefits at both domestic and international scene.
Creating new, value-added scientific knowledge through integration and analysis of "big data".
Systematic education using the scientific knowledge acquired through data integration and information fusion.
Contributing to global problem solving by providing pertinent and actionable information for decision-makers.
By integrating data from satellite- and ground-based Earth observations and outputs from climate and numerical weather prediction models with geographical and socio-economic information, we investigate water cycle variations and its possible future changes and provide vital information for integrated water resources management practices including efficient water usage as well as mitigation of water-related disasters. Using DIAS, we create a data integration platform to combine hydrological models with data and models from various fields such as climate, agriculture, biodiversity, urban planning, disasters, and economics. Using river basins as units of the land water cycle system and through collaboration with governments and local communities, we carry out and demonstrate pilot studies that provide sound information for solutions.
Through cooperation and coordination among national and international research groups and institutes, we will stimulate data and information integration for the water cycle related fields and promote the use of DIAS for practical and operational applications for supporting decision making and planning. We also aim to initiate cooperation with various stakeholders by advancing efforts to combine analysis methods, data assimilation techniques, and prediction models that extend beyond any one field. By these actions, we will contribute to generation of scientific knowledge, which will help us to discover the wisdom needed for attaining the humanistic goal of sustainable development. At the same time, we hope to foster creation of an environment, where such knowledge and wisdom can be widely shared.
The WCI group, the University of Tokyo and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) held a Summer Program from 25 July through 5 August 2016.Read more
The Symposium will focus on flood and drought issues in the Asia-Pacific region from the viewpoint of the post-2015 framework (Sendai Framework) for disaster risk reduction (DRR), which was adopted at the third World Conference on DRR in Sendai, Japan, March 2015.Read more
This Unit was established on 1 June 2014 with the support of Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. It is the oldest independent consulting firm in Japan, which has been providing consulting services for economic development projects since 1946. Their managers and engineers provide strong engineering solutions by planning, designing and supervising construction of infrastructure projects in the fields of energy, transportation, resources, urban and public sector development.