Field survey of 2018 Typhoon Jebi in Japan: Lessons for disaster risk management

Tomoyuki Takabatake*, Martin Mäll, Miguel Esteban, Ryota Nakamura, Thit Oo Kyaw, Hidenori Ishii, Justin Joseph Valdez, Yuta Nishida, Fuma Noya, Tomoya Shibayama

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Typhoon Jebi struck Japan on the 4 September 2018, damaging and inundating many coastal areas along Osaka Bay due to the high winds, a storm surge, and wind driven waves. In order to understand the various damage mechanisms, the authors conducted a field survey two days after the typhoon made landfall, measuring inundation heights and depths at several locations in Hyogo Prefecture. The survey results showed that 0.18–1.27 m inundation depths were caused by Typhoon Jebi. As parts of the survey, local residents were interviewed about the flooding, and a questionnaire survey regarding awareness of typhoons and storm surges, and their response to the typhoon was distributed. The authors also mapped the location of some of the containers that were displaced by the storm surge, aiming to provide information to validate future simulation models of container displacement. Finally, some interesting characteristics of the storm surge are summarized, such as possible overtopping at what had initially been thought to be a low risk area (Suzukaze town), and lessons learnt in terms of disaster risk management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number412
JournalGeosciences (Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 9


  • Container movement
  • Damage patterns
  • Field survey
  • Japan
  • Storm surge
  • Typhoon Jebi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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