Information Dissemination about the Ocean

【Ocean Newsletter】Back issues

No.402 May 5, 2017

50 Years Since the Start of Japan Meteorology Agency's Repeat Hydrographic Observations Along 137°E

Toshiya NAKANO
Japan Meteorological Agency / Head, Marine Environment Monitoring and Analysis Center, Global Environment and Marine Department

The Japan Meteorological Agency has conducted repeat hydrographic observations along 137°E since 1967, and launched the 51st observation with the departure of its research vessel on January 10th, 2017. Not only is the continuation of such a repeat observation unprecedented anywhere in the world, but the observation is also known, since the very first time, for releasing its entire data collection. These data are open for use by all researchers, leading to high acclaim from both domestic and international organizations working in the ocean field.
Selected Papers No.22

Nagasaki's Marine Industry Cluster, with Marine Renewable Energy as its Pillar

Secretary General, Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association

From both a historical and geographical standpoint, Nagasaki has prospered as the center of "ocean" related innovation. The Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster was formed in March 2014 by local industry leaders, with an eye on actively and centrally integrating the prefecture's industries into new marine industry fields, especially with marine renewable energy as the pillar. In the three years since its establishment, the Cluster has begun joint research into the development and improvement of a hydraulic tidal current turbine system for power generation and has also taken up efforts to work together with companies in the local community.

Ocean Education at Kure City's Toyohama Junior High School

Masatoshi ARATANI
Principal, Kure Municipal Toyohama Junior High School, Hiroshima Prefecture

espite being located on a small island in the Setouchi Sea, Toyohama Junior High School has seen decreased opportunities for its 53 total students to be involved in ocean activities. A query into the nearby community regarding ocean education led to new opportunities for activities such as seakayaks, sea salt creation, and practicing ship operations on the practice vessels belonging to the National Institute of Technology, Hiroshima College.