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International Coastal Research Center (ICRC) Support Project

What is the ICRC Support Project?

On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami seriously damaged the International Coastal Research Center (ICRC), affiliated with the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), The University of Tokyo. The ICRC Support Project has been launched as a fundraising project by the University of Tokyo Foundation. This project financially supports reconstruction of the center facilities and activities.

Past and Future Activities of ICRC

Since it was founded in Otsuchi Town (Iwate Prefecture) in 1973, the ICRC has been actively promoting marine science and is an outstanding coastal research center shared by researchers and students both from Japan and from all over the world. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ICRC is willing to play a central role in research and education on marine environments and ecosystems and contribute to restoration of the beautiful environments around Tohoku coastal area.

Why the Support Project?

AORI is preparing to restart ICRC’s research projects and rebuild the center. The University of Tokyo decided to initiate this fundraising project, because such reconstruction is expected to cost a substantial amount of money and several years of time.

ICRC (before earthquake and tsunam)

ICRC (before earthquake and tsunami)

Tsunami swallows ICRC building

Tsunami swallows ICRC building

ICRC’s RV “Challenger II” found across Otsuchi Bay

ICRC’s RV “Challenger II” found across Otsuchi Bay

Message from the Director of AORI

Director,  Atsushi Tsuda 

International Coastal Research Center (ICRC) of the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), the University of Tokyo was originally established in 1973 as the Otsuchi Marine Research Center for cooperative researches on coastal marine science.
The Sanriku coast area, where ICRC is located, has rich biodiversity and high productivity because of seasonal alternation of cold Oyashio from winter to spring and warm Tsushima current from summer to autumn there. In this blessed area, ICRC has taken a significant role as a research center of coastal science, collaborating with domestic and international researchers.

Due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, all of the ICRC facilities were seriously damaged. The tsunami reached as high as the third floor of the main building. The embankment in front of ICRC was destroyed. Three research vessels including R.V. Yayoi were swept away.

Since soon after the disaster, AORI has made every effort to restore ICRC in cooperation with te headquarters of the University of Tokyo, Iwate prefecture and Otsuchi town. A minimum research environment was tentatively restored in the third floor of the main building. ICRC has conducted researches of pressing issues such as effects on the tsunami to the marine ecosystem and has restarted joint usage. In April 2014, Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Section was newly established in order to enhance the research system. Furthermore, endeavor to share research findings with fishermen and citizens through outreach activities has been made. In November 2014, an agreement between the University of Tokyo and Otsuchi town on relocation of ICRC was concluded. Ensuring high safety, AORI is going to reconstruct the research facilities to carry out more active researches than those before the disaster for resilient fishery in Sanriku area and for vitalization and happiness of Tohoku region, north-eastern Japan.

For the reconstruction of ICRC facilities as an international joint usage center, we do need supports from everyone. Your assistance and cooperation to this ICRC Support project is highly appreciated.

Atsushi TSUDA
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute

How to donate

Please go to the following web site for your donation by credit card.

Please specify your donation for the ICRC support project following the instruction below.

  1. Please select "other (please specify)" from "Donation purpose*" list in "Gift information" section.
  2. "Specify other" column will open below the "Donation purpose*" column.
  3. Please type "Restoration of International Coastal Research Center(Otsuchi)" in the blank column.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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