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Disappearance of sand spit in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Karutara situated in the south of Colombo in Sri Lanka is famous for its Bodiya Temple. It is also famous for the sand spit formed in the mouth of the Kalu Ganga River. As of 22 February 2019, this sand spit is clearly shown in Google Map. However, in order to secure a drainage function in the flood in 2017, the sand spit on the north side was cut, resulting in collapse of the sand spit. Although it is said that there are similar examples in the past, this time it is considered to be a big social problem because the sand spit of Karutara’s symbolic existence has not been …

Visiting University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

We visited University of Moratuwa on Feb 18, 2019. University of Moratuwa is a leading university in engineering, located south of Colombo and Mount Lavinia. We have been studying on coastal erosion management in Marawila collaborating with University of East London, Yokohama National University, and CC&CRMD (Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management Department). One of our activities was broadcasted by Sri Lankan national TV program and a professor from University of Moratuwa incidentally watched the program and contacted me. We also visited Dr. Nimal and Dr. Udeni, alumni of Yokohama National University.

Lab’s welcome and year-end party

On December 20, 2018, it was totally late, but we held a lab’s welcome party for new students enrolled in September (Graduate Students) and in October (Research Students) as well as a year-end party. Wish you a happy new year!

Field survey on spawning ground of marbled flounder in off-Akanehama, Tokyo Bay

The project team for creation of habitat under the Public-Private Cooperation Forum for Tokyo Bay Restoration performed a field survey on spawning ground for marbled flounder collaborating with Chiba Prefectural Fishery Research Center in off-Akanehama of Tokyo Bay on December 25, 2018. The project team proposed a project for creation of spawning ground of marbled flounder and this survey is based on this project.

ENPC-UTokyo Joint Workshop

ENPC-UTokyo Joint Workshop was held on December 3, 2018, at the University of Tokyo. ENPC or Ecole des Ponts ParisTech is the best university or graduate level school in France. One of the major topics is about water quality problems in Odaiba Seashore Park, Tokyo Port in Tokyo Bay, where long-distance swimming games and triathlon games are going to be performed in the 2020 Olympic-Paralympic games. This is also a common topic in Seine river in Paris where the 2024 Olympic-Paralympic games are going to be held. In Sasaki’s lab, collaborating with ENPC, countermeasures against the water quality problem in Odaiba Seashore Park will be studied by employing numerical computation …

Invited visit at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Dr. Sasaki was invited by School of Environment, Beijing Normal University (BNU) from November 26 to 29, 2018. BNU leads in the field of environmental studies in China. There are a couple of best universities in Beijing, including Tsinghua University and Beijing University, among them, BNU is located in the most central part of Beijing downtown. Coastal environmental studies group in BNU leads studies on coastal wetland vegetation and bay environments. Their main fields are Yellow River delta, Yangtze River delta, and Pearl River delta (near Hong Kong), and they also have their local research facilities at these sites. BNU is also equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities, including constant air …

Field trip to Yanba Dam, Gunma Prefecture

We visited Yanba Dam (under construction) in Gunma Prefecture from November 9 to 10, 2018.

Presentation at 20th Anniversary Symposium of our graduate school

Mr. Endo, Ph.D. candidate, presented a poster and gave a flash talk at 20th Anniversary Symposium of Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo on October 31, 2018. The title is Inluence of Blue Tide on Fishing Ground and its Mitigation Measures in Tokyo Bay

Invited visit at Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Dr. Sasaki was invited from Hohai University, and traveled to Nanjing, China from 25th to 29th October 2018. Professor Jiang Qin at Hohai University kindly hosted for a talk and international exchange. We also visited Yangzhou, which is about an hour and a half by car from Nanjing.

An investigation of coastal vulnerability and internal consistency of local perceptions under climate change risk in the southwest part of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries, while climate change and its associated hazards such as cyclonic storm surges, inundation, and salinity threats force disruption of coastal communities. Gradually, coastal communities are going to lose their existing livelihoods owing to the regular interruptions of coastal hazards such as high salinity problems in soil and water. In this situation, it is important to secure the coastal lifestyle by investigating the social vulnerabilities and possible policy practices along the coastal belt communities of Bangladesh. Publication Rakib, M. A., Sasaki, J., Palc, S., Md. Asif Newazd, Md. Bodrud-Dozae, Mohammad Amir Hossain Bhuiyan. An investigation of coastal vulnerability and internal consistency of local …

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