Prof. Anawat Suppasri from IRIDeS (left) and Dr. Syamsidik from TDMRC (right)

Dr. Syamsidik of TDMRC conducts Visiting Scholar Program at Tohoku University

Dr. Syamsidik, the Head of Tsunami Hazard Research Cluster at TDMRC, is conducting a visiting scholar program at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University, Japan. This activity is held under the World Class Professor (WCP) 2018 program.

Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) is delighted to have won two grants in this year’s WCP program, namely Scheme A and B. In Scheme A, seven professors from overseas and one from Indonesia will collaborate with researchers at TDMRC. While in Scheme B, one professor will be exchanging his experience with TDMRC researcher. Dr. Syamsidik himself is the coordinator of Scheme B.

Under this program, Dr. Syamsidik works with Prof. Anawat Suppasri of IRIDeS to jointly write two papers for international journals.

IRIDeS is one of the leading research institutes focusing on developing knowledge and technology to understand disaster mitigation better. It was established in 2011 following the Great East Japan and Tsunami in Japan. Similarly, TDMRC was established in 2006 following the event of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Both of the important events have inspired the importance to incorporate science and technology into disaster management.

During the program, both of the researchers (Prof. Anawat Suppasri and Dr. Syamsidik) work on two issues. The first issue is on methods to adopt co-benefits structure to mitigate impacts of tsunami waves on Banda Aceh. In this case, the structure is an elevated road spanning across Banda Aceh, from west to east. The road is relatively parallel to the coastline of the city. The second issue is on investigating challenges to increase small island community’s preparedness toward tsunami at tsunami-prone small islands around Sumatra. Results of the investigation will be submitted for review at international journals by November 2018.

During the visiting scholar program, Dr. Syamsidik enjoys the opportunity to conduct a field visit to several tsunami-affected area around Sendai, as well as to present parts of his works in front of colleagues at IRIDeS on July 24, 2018.

In return to this visiting Scholar, Prof. Anawat Suppasri is expected to visit TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University from August 8 until August 15, 2018. A number of activities have been scheduled, including workshop on tsunami numerical modeling, fine tuning of research articles, and research result analysis.