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GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar

“How Increased Natural Disasters are Forcing Weather Agencies to Evolve”

Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 12:10-13:40
Venue: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), 1st Floor, Meeting Room 1AB

Ian Morrison (Mansfield Fellow)
Incident Meteorologist, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Kenichi Konya
Professor, Executive Adviser, GRIPS Alliance, GRIPS

Natural disasters have been increasing over the past 30 years, with most of this uptick due to increasing heavy rainfall. The weather agencies of Japan and the United States need to evolve with this changing climate in order to achieve their fundamental goals of saving lives and property while enhancing their national economies.

Ian Morrison has worked in the U.S. National Weather Service for 15 years. As part of his Mansfield Fellowship, he is currently working with the Japan Meteorology Agency to strengthen cooperation in the fields of disaster risk management and shared atmospheric data. In this seminar, Mr. Morrison will review the responsibilities of national weather agencies, describe how U.S. and Japan agencies are evolving their strategies, and examine the results thus far.

Prof. Kenichi Konya is in charge of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in GRIPS. He worked for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for 20 years. Prior to his temporary assignment in GRIPS, he promoted SDGs in JICA. He was a field director for infrastructure projects. He worked in JICA Philippines and handled disaster prevention projects by Official Development Assistance. He was also seconded to the Ministry of Construction in Japan. He obtained a Master’s of Engineering in Urban Planning at Tokyo Metropolitan University.

*Language: English

*Admission: Free

*Please bring your own lunch.

*This seminar will be off the record.

For registration and inquiries, please contact or 03-6439-6037
(Ms. Ozawa or Ms. Yamazaki)

For access to the GRIPS campus:
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677