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International Coastal Research Center Support Project

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About the International Coastal Research Center 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) of the University of Tokyo, which is located in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture. The ICRC Support Project was established by the University of Tokyo Foundation to support the activities of the ICRC.

Activities of ICRC

Since it was founded in Otsuchi Town, Kamihei-gun, Iwate Prefecture in 1973, the ICRC has been actively promoting coastal marine science and has been used by many researchers and students both from Japan and around the world as a shared facility (Approx. 4,000 man-days annually). After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ICRC is resolved to play a central role in research, education and human resource development relating to marine environments and ecosystems, and contribute to the restoration of the rich coastal marine environment of the Tohoku region.

Why support the project?

AORI is preparing to restart ICRC’s research activities. However, the rebuilding of the center and the creation of an environment supportive of developmental research activities to respond to unprecedented events will require a time scale of at least several years and require large cost outlays. The support project was established with the aim of assisting the reconstruction and research activities of the ICRC. We request your kind support in this endeavor.

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ICRC (before the earthquake and tsunami)             Tsunami swallows the ICRC building


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ICRC's RV "ChallengerII" found across Otsuchi Bay



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