Research Center on Landslides

Total feature analyses of landslide disasters in the past, present, and future

Related to the geological and climatological conditions, many landslides are seen in the mountainous region of the Japanツꀀ island arc. Thus, the Research Center on Landslides (RCL) was established in 2003. RCL aims to pursue research forツꀀ protecting human lives, property, and cultural and naturalツꀀ heritage from landslides. RCL conducts research on mechanisms of initiation and motion of landslides triggered byツꀀ earthquakes, rainstorms and other factors, risk assessment ofツꀀ rapid and long run-out landslides, the development of precise monitoring systems of landslides at local to global scales, failures in urban fill materials, anthropogenic factors and new techniques of landslide field/laboratory investigations and instrumentation. Education and capacity building for landslide risk mitigation are also important tasks of RCL. RCL has two research sections, Landslide Dynamics and Landslide Monitoring.

Large-scale landslide moved along almost horizontal slip surface (2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake)
Cross section of a small-scale landslide that moved along horizontal slip surface

Research Section


  1. Tokushima Landslide Observatory