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2015-9-5 Working meeting and workshop of ICGdR in Chengdu, ChinaJanuary 27, 2016

Working meeting and workshop of ICGdR in Chengdu, China in 2015

Yufeng Wang, Qiangong Cheng

Department of Geological Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031, China
State-Province Joint Engineering Laboratory of Spatial Information Technology for High-Speed Rail Safety, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031, China
Corresponding author, e-mail: chengqiangong@home.swjtu.edu.cn; First author, e-mail: wangyufeng1987118@126.com

Abstract: The forum of the ICGdR 2015 was held on 4-5 September 2015 at the Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. This article outlines the background and the objectives of this forum and lectures on the organized sessions. During this forum, details of the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China from 10 to 13 October 2016 were discussed at the roundtable meeting on the first day. And an important academic communication was conducted in the following day, which provided a favourable communication platform for the members of the ICGdR.

Keywords: International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR), working meeting, academic communication

1. Introduction
1.1 Background
The ICGdR is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization legally registered as a non-profit organization in 2013 in the Shimane Prefecture according to the Japanese law (Wang 2014). Before the official establishment of the ICGdR, the core members had conducted preparatory activities for 10 years. In 2003, the first symposium was held at Kanazawa University, Japan for the mitigation of geo-disasters in the areas around Japan Sea, which drew attention of researchers and engineers from China, Korea and Japan. In 2009, the symposium included more countries and covered larger area, with the seventh event was held in Harbin, China. Gradually, the event became from regional to international. In 2012, Shimane University, Japan organized the tenth symposium, and about 100 participants attended this event. During the symposium, a field trip from Sendai, via Hotaka and Kyoto, to Matsue was made to investigate the disasters caused by earthquake, tsunami, volcano, and landslide. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the continuous event, the core members collaborated to publish “The Progress of Geo-disaster Mitigation Technology in Asia” with Springer to show the progress of geo-disaster mitigation technologies in Asia. In May 2013, the organizing meeting of the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR) was held in China Institute of Disaster Prevention, Beijing, China. The legal registration was completed in August 2013 in Matsue, Japan.
1.2 Objectives
The forum of the ICGdR 2015 in Chengdu aims at proceeding the holding of the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China from 10 to 13 October 2016 and providing a favorable communication platform for the members of the ICGdR to further develop the outcomes of geo-disaster reduction.
1.3 Host
International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR).
1.4 Organizer
State-Province Joint Engineering Laboratory of Spatial Information Technology for High-Speed Railway Safety (Southwest Jiaotong University).
1.5 Sponsor
Project supported by the State Key Program of National Natural Science of China (Grant No. 41530639).
2. Report of the Forum of ICGdR 2015

This forum is composed of two stages, i.e, a roundtable meeting on the first day and an academic communication conducted in the following day. And about 20 members of ICGdR attended this forum, from China and Japan.

2.1 Roundtable meeting

The roundtable meeting was chaired by Prof. Fawu Wang, Director-General of ICGdR. On behalf of the organizer of this forum, he firstly made a warm welcome address and introduced the main purposes of this working meeting, aiming to share the information of the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Prague from 9 to 12 August 2015 and to prepare for the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China from 10 to 13 October 2016. Figure 1 is a group photo of the members attending this forum. And Fig. 2 shows photos of the roundtable meeting on the first day.

[photo]Fig. 1 Group photographs of the members attending this forum

[photo]Fig. 2 Photographs of the roundtable meeting on the first day (left) and Prof. Fawu Wang chaired the meeting (right)

Due to the reason of visa application, most Chinese members of ICGdR failed to attend the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Prague from 9 to 12 August 2015. Therefore, at the beginning of this working meeting, Prof. Fawu Wang firstly shared the information of the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction. And then, he introduced the current situation of ICGdR, including list of general members, financial statement of last year, budget plan for 2015, work summary of last few years, etc. After the speaking of Profs. Fawu Wang, Jun Shen and Bin He also shared some valuable experiences gained in the ICGdR international training courses held in last two years and discussed the future planning of the ICGdR international training course in the following year with everyone presented in the meeting.
As the new member of ICGdR, Profs. Hengxing Lan and Shengwen Qi were awarded the certificates of ICGdR membership during the first issue of this roundtable meeting (Fig. 3).

[photo]Fig. 3 Photographs of the certificate award ceremony of Prof. HX Lan (left) and Prof. SW Qi (right)

Besides the first issue, the second one is the discussion of the details of the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China. In this stage, everyone freely expressed his views and proposed some valuable suggestions for the holding of the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction. Under the joint efforts of everybody, a preliminary detailed plan was developed successfully, including the date, main topics, organizer, co-organizers, etc. There into, the date of this symposium is 10-13 October 2016. And six main topics were reached, including Landslide, Earthquake, Volcanism, Tsunami, Geo-disasters and climate change, Social resilience to disasters, and new technologies for geo-disaster reduction. The organizer of this symposium is the State-Province Joint Engineering Laboratory of Spatial Information Technology for High-Speed Railway Safety (Southwest Jiaotong University), and the co-organizers are the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (Chengdu University of Technology), Key Laboratory of Mountain Hazards and Surface Process (Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences), State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Mountain River Engineering (Sichuan University), State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering (Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science), and Kunming University of Science and Technology.
In addition, the members of the academic steering committee, academic committee, organizing committee and symposium secretariat were also reached preliminary in this working meeting.
Major achievements in this working meeting were summarized as a development milestone of the ICGdR. Detail plans for the further development toward the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China from 10 to 13 October 2016 were discussed.

2.2 Lectures in Geo-disaster Reduction

To provide a favorable communication platform for the members of the ICGdR, an academic communication was conducted in the following day. In this academic communication, 17 technical lectures were organized. And Prof. Masahiro Chigira from Kyoto University, Japan was invited to present a keynote lecture (Fig. 4). The detailed information of the 17 presentations is listed in Table 1. From Table 1, it can be observed that this academic communication mainly includes six topics. The topic, presented by Profs. Masahiro Chigira, Qiang Xu, Hengxing Lan, Siming He, Jianhui Deng, Xiangjun Pei, Aiguo Xing, and Qiangong Cheng, is mainly on the initiation mechanisms and mitigation strategies of landslides. The one presented by Prof. Tingkai Nian is about stability analysis of slopes. Profs. Fawu Wang, Ping Sun, and Chong Xu introduced disasters triggered by earthquakes. And Profs. Bin He, Guangzhu Cao, and Ronggao Qin mainly introduced hydrological and geoenvironmental disasters. The last two topics are on unsaturated soil and dynamic effect of rock structure presented by Profs. Hua-bin Wang and Sheng-wen Qi, respectively.
More than eighty students, teachers, and engineers from universities and research institutes attended this academic communication. During each lecture, presenter and participants had many academic exchanges on some related problems, which promoted the understanding of participants on geoenvironmental disaster. Through this academic communication, the members of the ICGdR obtained a good chance to share their research results with each other and promoted the development of geo-disaster reduction. In addition, it also provides a good opportunity for students, teachers, and engineers – from universities and research institutes to learn the research progress in the field of geoscience.

[photo]Fig. 4 Photograph of the presentation of Prof. Masahiro Chigira from Kyoto University, Japan

Table 1 Lists of lectures presented in the academic communication
No. Presenter Title Institution
1 Masahiro Chigira 2014 Hiroshima landslide disaster and deep-seated catastrophic landslides induced by rainstroms Kyoto University
2 Qiang Xu Formation mechanism and early identification of slow-inclination landslides in red stratum region induced by rainfall Chengdu University of Technology
3 Hengxing Lan Rockfall process modelling Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
4 Huabin Wang Theoretical analysis and method study of a coupled hydromechanical model of unsaturated soils Huazhong University of Science and Technology
5 Tingkai Nian Stability of complex slopes using limit analysis and numerical simulation Dalian University of Technology
6 Guangzhu Cao Effects of material composition and macrostructure on mechanical strengths of Tien Lake peat soil Kunming University of Science and Technology
7 Ronggao Qin Effects of source size, monitoring distance and aquifer heterogeneity on contaminant mass discharge and plume spread uncertainty Kunming University of Science and Technology
8 Ping Sun Earthquake-triggered landslides in Pan’an Town, Gansu Province, China Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Science
9 Fawu Wang Investigation of geo-hazards induced by Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015 Shimane University
10 Bin He Simulation of hydrological and geoenvironmental disasters under heavy rainfall and earthquake Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology, Chinese Academy of Science
11 Sheng-wen Qi Dynamic effect analysis of complex rock structure Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12 Chong Xu Landslides triggered by the Lushan, China Mw 6.6 earthquake of 20 April 2013 Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration
13 Siming He Study on formation mechanism and key mitigation technology of rockfall Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
14 Jian-hui Deng Mahu landslide——the largest earthquake triggered landslide in China Sichuan University
15 Xiangjun Pei Shear zone formation and dynamic behavior analysis of Daguangbao landslide under strong earthquake loading Chengdu University of Technology
16 Aiguo Xing The August 27th 2014 rock avalanche and related impulse water waves in Fuquan, Guizhou, China Shanghai Jiao Tong University
17 Qian-gong Cheng New ideas on rock avalanche dynamics and its mitigation research Southwest Jiaotong University
3 Closing ceremony

The closing ceremony was preceded by Prof. Fawu Wang (Director-General of ICGdR) after the academic communication. In this stage, Prof. Fawu Wang delivered a short talk as the closing ceremony of this forum, and expressed his great expectations for the 14th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Chengdu, China from 10 to 13 October 2016. And the forum completed successfully.

 

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