Estuarine and Coastal Environment, Coastal Engineering, Coastal Management, Sustainability Science

World Travel

2020.2.24-28 Business trip to Can Tho, Vietnam

I (Dr. Sasaki) visited Can Tho University in Vietnam from February 24 to 28, 2020, dispatched by JICA in Project for Building Capacity for Can Tho University to be an Excellent Institution of Education, Scientific Research, and Technology Transfer. Originally I was requested to deliver model lectures, which were canceled as the university was closed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. So the purpose of the visit was changed to discuss the contents of the model lectures and collaborative research. JL079 HND/SGN The out-bound itinerary was JL079 Feb24 0130/0550 HND/SGN. SIM card I purchased a mobifone’s SIM card (10GB data only) for 175,000 VND. Moving to Can Tho …

2019.9.26-28 APAC2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Sasaki participated in International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC) 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam, from September 26 to 28, 2019. From our lab, Mr. Endo (D3) presented our paper entitled “Mitigation of Anoxia and Hypoxia in Enclosed Shallow Fishing Grounds Using a Water Jet Generation Device.” We also enjoyed a lunch meeting with Dr. Cong (friend since the period at Yokohama National University (YNU)) and Mr. Thanh (former student and M. E. in 2016) as well as engineers at DHI. Dr. Laknath (Engineer at Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI) and former student during YNU period) was awarded the Best Paper Award in APAC 2019, entitled “Analysis of Cyclone Events …

2019.9.4-9 Field trip in Yangon and Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest in Myanmar

Dr. Sasaki visited Yangon and Wunbaik Reserved Mangrove Forest, Yambye Township, Kyaukpyu district, Myanmar, from September 4 to 9, 2019. ItineraryCX509 NRT/HKG 9:15/13:10,KA254 HKG/RGN 14:20/16:10 and KA251 RGN/HKG 1:25/6:00,CX526 HKG/NRT 8:10/13:35. Immigration at Yangon International Airport There was no disembarkation card, just showing passport and return e-ticket. SIM card Telenor was recommended, 11,000 Kyat for 7GB. From Airport to Yangon Best Western Chinatown Hotel by taxi A taxi counter was located in front of the exit No. 6 of the airport. It cost 12,000 Kyat. It took around 2 hours because of traffic jam in the evening around 5 pm. Yangon downtown and Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Dr. Sasaki …

2019.8.26-27 Field visit in Ishigaki Island

A field visit in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, was performed from August 26 to 27 organized by a committee on coral reef restoration by Fisheries Agency. We visited Research Center for Subtropical Fisheries, Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Research and Education Agency.

2019.8.6-11 Business trip to Can Tho University, Vietnam, in JICA Project

Dr. Sasaki was dispatched to Can Tho University, Vietnam from August 6 to 11, 2019, by JICA. Itinerary was JL79 HND/SGN 1:25/5:15, JL70 SGN/HND 23:25/6:55+1. The university is located in a big city of Can Tho in Mekong Delta and traditionally famous in agriculture, fishery, and aquaculture. The university is expanding the field of environmental studies, including delta management.

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 …

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