2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (A)共同研究助成  
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(Project Title)
Exploring "Atoll Resilience": Strategy of the oceanic atoll to survive weather disaster chain
深山 直子
Naoko Fukayama
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 Extreme weather events have become severe and urgent issues for the Oceanian atolls located in the trade wind belt recently. With this in mind, the purpose of our project is to reconstruct the resilient process in which Pukapuka, the northern atoll society in Cook Islands, has been recovering from the devastating damages by Cyclone Percy in 2005 through the inter-disciplinal integrated approach, and to construct and advocate the "Atoll Resilience" model. More practically, as the base of the residents' everyday life, we will focus on three living spaces: (1) paddy fields above groundwater lens where they cultivate taro, (2) lagoon where they daily catch fishes, and (3) graveyards that function as a principle to connect the people from different kinships or villages. Here, the cultural anthropological team will explore an aspect of organization and system particularly regarding to maintenance and distribution of the resources by participate observations and interviews. On the other hand, the geo-archeological team will analyze an aspect of landscape history by excavations and topographic surveys. Finally we will assess both efficacy of "elaborate" organization and system and value of "elaborate" landscape, and consider "Atoll Resilience" model to contribute to conservation and development of the small island societies. We will present these outcomes of the project not only to the local community but also to the other island countries and the general public.

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