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On July 6, 2015, a group of researchers led by USHIO Tomoo (Associate Professor, The Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University), Osaka Prefecture, and Toshiba Corporation started experiments to verify the system for the detection of predictors of torrential rain by using the Phased Array Weather Radar at Osaka University's Graduate School of Engineering in cooperation with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

This project is conducted as part of Research and Development of Technology for Predicting Torrential Rain Systems and Twisters in the Project for Building Society Resilient Against Natural Disasters by Strengthening Disaster Prevention and Reduction under the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) sponsored by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office and is scheduled to be conducted for two years. This system will make it possible to take preventive measures against damages from flood caused by sudden torrential rain.

Figure 1. Torrential Rain Detection System

Figure 2. Phased Array Weather Radar at the Graduate School of Engineering, Suita campus, Osaka University

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