Dr Tomohiro Takagawa

PhD Geology, U. Kyoto, 2007
Visiting Fellow


  2002 B.S. (Geology) Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

  2004 MSc (Geology) Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

  2007 Ph.D. (Geology) Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

Professional experience

  2004-2007 JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientist (DC1)

  2007-2011 Research Associate, Coastal Engineering, The University of Tokyo

  2011-2015 Researcher, Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI)

  2015-2016 Senior Researcher, PARI

  2016-     Head of Tsunami and Storm Surge Research Group, PARI


  2011 Best Paper Award, Journal of JSCE, Coastal Engineering Committee

  2013 Best Paper Award, Journal of JSCE, Coastal Engineering Committee

  2015 The Young Scientists’ Prize, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

  2018 Hydrographic Technology Encouragement Award, Japan Hydrographic Association

Funding Information

  2004-2007 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Research Fellow, PI, 3,000,000 JPY

  2008-2009 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), PI, 1,950,000 JPY

  2011-2014 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), PI, 4,160,000 JPY

  2015-2018 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), PI, 17,810,000 JPY

  2018-2020 JSPS Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research, PI, 13,520,000 JPY



Research interests

  • Rapid and reliable tsunami inundation forecast by using offshore waveforms
  • Uncertainty quantification in nonlinear processes
  • Analytical and numerical modeling of tsunami generation, propagation and inundation

Sassa, S., and T. Takagawa (2019), Liquefied gravity flow-induced tsunami: first evidence and comparison from the 2018 Indonesia Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami disasters, Landslides, 16, 195-200, doi:10.1007/s10346-018-1114-x.

Tajima, Y., T. Takagawa, S. Sato, S. Takewaka (2018) Collapse and recovery process of the sand spit at the Tenryu River mouth on the Pacific Coast of Japan, Coastal Engineering Journal, 60, 532-547.

Heidarzadeh, M., K. Satake, T. Takagawa, A. Rabinovich, S. Kusumoto (2018), A comparative study of far-field tsunami amplitudes and ocean-wide propagation properties: insight from major trans-Pacific tsunamis of 2010–2015, Geophysical Journal International 215 (1), 22-36.

Heidarzadeh, M., T. Harada, K. Satake, T. Ishibe, and T. Takagawa (2017) Tsunamis from strike-slip earthquakes in the Wharton Basin, northeast Indian Ocean: March 2016 Mw7.8 event and its relationship with the April 2012 Mw 8.6 event, Geophysical Journal International 211 (3), 1601-1612.

Heidarzadeh, M., S. Murotani, K. Satake, T. Takagawa, and T. Saito (2017), Fault size and depth extent of the Ecuador earthquake (Mw 7.8) of 16 April 2016 from teleseismic and tsunami data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 2211–2219, doi:10.1002/2017GL072545.

Tomita, T., T. Arikawa, T. Takagawa, K. Honda, Y. Chida, K. Sase, and R.A.O Olivares (2016), Results of post-field survey on the Mw 8.3 Illapel Earthquake Tsunami in 2015, Coast. Eng. J., 58, 1650003.

Takagawa, T. and T. Tomita (2015), Development and validation of ensemble tsunami inundation forecasting method using ABIC, J. JSCE, Ser. B2, Coastal Engineering, 71, I_379–I_384.

Seike, K., M. Nara, T. Takagawa, S. Sato (2015), Paleoecology of a marine endobenthic organism in response to beach morphodynamics: Trace fossil Macaronichnus segregatis in Holocene and Pleistocene sandy beach deposits, Regional Studies in Marine Science, 2, 5-11.

Takagawa, T. and T. Tomita (2014), Simultaneous inference of credible interval of inverted tsunami source and observation error by a hierarchical Bayes model, J. JSCE, Ser. B2, Coastal Engineering, 70, I_196–I_200.

Takagawa, T. and T. Tomita (2014), Effects of rupture processes in an inverse analysis of the tsunami source of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku earthquake, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, 24, 21–27.

Perillo, M.M, J.L. Best, M. Yokokawa, T. Sekiguchi, T. Takagawa, M.H. Garcia (2014), A unified model for bedform development and equilibrium under unidirectional, oscillatory and combined-flows, Sedimentology 61 (7), 2063-2085.

Takagawa, T. (2013), Dispersion analysis of tsunami propagation with the consideration of water compressibility and earth elasticity for the improvement of prediction accuracy of far-field tsunamis, J. JSCE, Ser. B2, Coastal Engineering, 69, 426–430.

Liu, H., T. Shimozono, T. Takagawa, A. Okayasu, H.M. Fritz, S. Sato, and Y. Tajima (2013), The 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami survey in Rikuzentakata and comparison with historical events, Pure and Applied Geophysics 170, 1033-1046.

Liu, H., T. Takagawa, S. Sato (2013), Sand Transport and Sedimentary Features Based on Feldspar Thermoluminescence: A Synthesis of the Tenryu–Enshunada Fluvial System, Japan, Journal of Coastal Research 30 (1), 120-129.

Takagawa, T. and T. Tomita (2012), Tsunami source inversion with time evolution and real-time estimation of permanent deformation at observation points, J. JSCE, Ser. B2, Coastal Engineering, 68, 311–315.

Shimozono. T., S. Sato, A. Okayasu, Y. Tajima, H.M. Fritz, H. Liu, and T. Takagawa (2012), Propagation and inundation characteristics of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami on the central Sanriku coast, Coast. Eng. J. 54, 1250004.

Takagawa, T., Y. Tajima, H. Liu, S. Takewaka, and S. Sato (2011), Dynamic Topograpy changes of sand spit of the Tenryu River mouth due to overtopping waves, Proc. Coastal Sediments 2011, 1217–1228.

Sato, T., K. Taniguchi, T. Takagawa, F. Masuda (2011), Generation of tidal bedding in a circular flume experiment: Formation process and preservation potential of mud drapes, Geo-Marine Letters, 31, 101-108.