Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (ISV), Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University  is one of the research and observational bases on seismology and volcanology in Japan. ISV has been conducting observations and researches toward prediction of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in collaboration with other research institutes under the national project. ISV also participates in the education programs for graduate students as chair of Seismology and Volcanology, Department of Natural History Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University. In addition, ISV cooperates with School of Science in their education programs.


Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (ISV) was founded in April, 1998, combined with several observatories, including Urakawa Seismological Observatory (originally established in 1966), Erimo Geophysical Observatory (in 1970), Sapporo Seismological Observatory (in 1972), Research Center for Earthquake Prediction (in 1976), Usu Volcano Observatory (in 1977), and Laboratory for Ocean Bottom Seismology (in 1979).


ISV consists of four main research laboratories and three sections;

- Laboratory for Seismological Observation

- Laboratory for Ocean Bottom Seismology and Tsunami

- Laboratory for Volcano Physics

- Laboratory for Subsurface Structure

- Observation Technical Staff Section

- Visiting Staff Section

- Scientific Support Section of Hazard Mitigation for Earthquakes and Volcanoes (SSS)

Observation Technical Staff Section supports the four research laboratories by developing, installing and maintaining observation instruments.

Visiting Staff Section invites leading scientists all over the world as visiting professors for several months to a year.

SSS was established in April, 2006 in order to contribute to disaster mitigation in Hokkaido by outreach activity.