Ocean Newsletter

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No.426 May 5, 2018
  • Returning the Favor to the Blessings Provided by Coral Reefs
    Makoto TSUCHIYA
    Visiting Researcher, Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability, University of the Ryukyus / Recipient of the 10th National Maritime Award
  • For a Better Understanding of Oceans and the Earth—Ocean Education Efforts by GODAC—
    Hiroyasu MATSUI
    Manager of General Affairs Division, Global Oceanographic DAta Center (GODAC), Center for Earth Information Science and Technology, JAMSTEC
  • The Structure and Deliberations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
    Susumu OTA
    Director, Center for International Cooperation, National Maritime Research Institute,National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology / Recipient of the 10th National Maritime Award

Returning the Favor to the Blessings Provided by Coral Reefs

Makoto TSUCHIYA
Visiting Researcher, Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability, University of the Ryukyus / Recipient of the 10th National Maritime Award

We have received many blessings from coral reefs during our lives. However, lifestyles that benefit from these blessings have often led to the deterioration of coral reef environments. In order to realize a society that can truly live in coexistence with coral reefs and return the favor to them, we must revitalize the damaged coral reef environments to a healthy state as well as create and implement specific policies for the recovery of these resources.

For a Better Understanding of Oceans and the Earth—Ocean Education Efforts by GODAC—

Hiroyasu MATSUI
Manager of General Affairs Division, Global Oceanographic DAta Center (GODAC), Center for Earth Information Science and Technology, JAMSTEC

The Global Oceanographic DAta Center (GODAC) mainly operates three types of ocean education programs. Having students experience the program multiple times, we seek to “establish” personal knowledge and experience in marine earth science, as well as relating these knowledge and experiences to “work”, especially through our career education program. We also collaborate with other organizations in northern Okinawa Prefecture on human resource development, as we believe that we can promote ocean education by collaborating with various fields of the local community.

The Structure and Deliberations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Susumu OTA
Director, Center for International Cooperation, National Maritime Research Institute,National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology / Recipient of the 10th National Maritime Award

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) deliberates on various topics ranging from large-scale issues such as the decrease in greenhouse gases causing global warming, to smaller issues such as test procedures for specific devices. Against this backdrop, Japan has led many such deliberations, and has contributed to the development and revision of various regulations and standards. Here I will introduce specifics of the deliberations, in the hopes that it will inspire as many people as possible to contribute to these activities in future.

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