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2019.2.19-24 Field survey on coastal zone management in Marawila, Sri Lanka

Field survey on coastal erosion and its local perception in Marawila Coast, Sri Lanka, was performed collaborating with University of East London, Yokohama National University, and CC&CRMD (Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department, Sri Lanka). We got interviewed for National Television (Rupawahini), Sri Lanka, which was broadcast nationwide in the evening on February 23. We also interviewed the head of Negombo Fishing Union on their perception of the coastal management.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo Bay Festa 2018

On October 20th and 21st, Tokyo Bay Festa is being held in Yokohama. Our project team for creation of habitat under the Public-Private Cooperation Forum for Tokyo-Bay Restoration exhibit shellfishes in Tokyo Bay, quiz on Tokyo Bay, and panels showing the PT activities.

2017.8.14-21 Field survey in upper Gulf of Thailand and lecture at Burapha University

Dr. Sasaki was invited by Burapha University for delevering a lecture and performing a field survey in upper Gulf of Thailand.

2018.9.18 Field Visit in Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture

I have been involved in the long-term perspective committee meeting of Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture considering the future in the next 20 to 30 years. We had a trip to Shimizu Port on September 18th. The port is attractive not only the function as a port logistics, but also abundant green landscape, world heritage site of Miho-No-Matsubara associated with Mt. Fuji, fishery, energy, industry. Although the port is small, the port must attracts people because of these multiple functions.

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