Important notice

We must regretfully announce that due to certain re-organization matters of the UTokyo Water Cycle Integrator unit, we will NOT be able to organize the Summer Program on Sustainable Water Management in an Era of Big Data in 2017. We apologize to all of you who considered your participation in this year. We hope you will remain interested as we plan to resume the Program in 2018. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.


The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO, Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), Tsukuba, will organize an International Summer Program. The course, consisting of expert lectures, technical exercises, and excursions, is designed to promote problem-solving capability for water problems with interdisciplinary approach and by exploiting various data and functions of the Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS) of Japan. Participants will work on real problems focusing on developing resilience to disasters under the climate change, preparedness for risk of unforeseen disasters and how to introduce this risk into social management and planning for safe and naturally rich environment.


Thematic Focus

The Summer Program explores how to develop resilience to disasters under the climate change, while providing comfortable, safe, and naturally rich environment. It considers risk of unforeseen disasters and researches how to introduce this risk into social management and planning to assure sufficient preparedness. It provides knowledge on how to exploit data and data integration functions of DIAS for this purpose.


The course is open for 20 participants, both from Japan and abroad. It is mainly intended for undergraduate students, but applications by graduate and post-graduate students as well as young professionals are also welcomed. All applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English, which will be the course language and must be able to attend the program for the whole duration. Applications from various majors and disciplines are welcomed.


You can download the 2016 course brochure in PDF format.

2016 Brochure (PDF)

Concept and Design

Systematic, meaningful, and practical

Natural Science and Technical Aspect:
The emphasis is on appropriate usage of various observation data, model outputs, data integration functions of DIAS, and geospatial technologies such as GIS for resolving given problems.

Socio-economical and Management Aspect:
Solution to each problem must consider the viewpoint of local society and economical possibilities to be realistic and implementable for a given country. The key procedures of consensus building and awareness raising will be introduced.

Participatory, interactive, and fun

Lectures, self-practice, group work, field visits, social event

Problem-solving oriented

Participants will be solving real case problems in concrete Asian river basins focusing on water resources issues under the changing climate including:

  • Water and food security
  • Poverty alleviation through flood disaster risk reduction
  • Integrated water resources management considering environment and community life

The lecture curriculum is supportive for solving the stated problems (theory background, tools, and methodology introduction) and includes introduction of real cases from Japan focusing on the process of planning -> realization.

Field excursions to the successful realizations:

  • Shimokubo Dam - A multipurpose dam of a unique shape serving for flood protection, water supply, hydropower generation, and environmental conservation
  • Saitama Underground Discharge Channel - an anti-flood scheme for local residents, completed in 2006. Having employed a variety of new technologies, it is the very best of Japan's state-of-the-art civil engineering technology.

Participation Fee and Logistics

The course participation fee is 30,000 JPY (about 280 USD), which includes organizational and field trip expenses. In addition, participants are responsible for their expenses associated with transportation (including local commuting), accommodation, meals, and travel/health insurance.

Participants are requested to assure accommodation in Tokyo, during the Week 1 by themselves. In Tsukuba, during the Week 2, the Organizers strongly recommend the participants to stay in the Urban Hotel Tsukuba, which is nearby the ICHARM facilities and from which a shuttle bus will be arranged for everyday commuting. Hotel reservations are assured by the Organizers but the accommodation fee will be paid by the participants (5,500 JPY per person per night, without breakfast).

All the participants, who are not long-term residents in Japan are requested to assure travel/health insurance. A proof of purchasing such insurance will be requested in advance.

Estimated Fees and Expenses
Student Fees 30,000 JPY (about 280 USD)
Housing Week 1 from 24 July to 30 July:
24,000 - 60,000 JPY (estimated 4,000 - 10,000 JPY per night at a budget hotel nearby Hongo campus. )
Week 2 from 31 July to 5 August:
33,000 JPY (5,500 JPY per night at the Urban Hotel Tsukuba)
Meals 19,500 JPY (estimated 1,500 JPY per day)
Commuting - Local transportation: 2,000 JPY
(estimated 400 JPY per day from 25 to 29 July)
- Trip to Tsukuba: 1,300 JPY on 31 July
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