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  • Research Seminar No.213, 4 October 2021
    16:30-, The Interdivisional Education and Research Building, 5th Floor

    「Construction of Research and Education Platform through the Coral Reef in Uplifted Coral Reef Island Kikai-Jima Island, Japan」
    KOMAGOE Taro
    (KIKAI Institute for Coral Reef Sciences)

     The Kikai-Jima Island located in central Ryukyus, southwestern Japan has well-developed coral reef terraces since the past 100 thousand years ago, because of sea-level changes and the high uplift rate. Geologically, it is one of the areas where local life and coral reefs’ benefits are closely related. Based in Kikai-Jima, KIKAI Institute for Coral Reef Sciences (KICRS) has started its activities in 2014. With the support of many researchers and local people, we aim to play a role as a platform that connects coral reefs and society.
     The field of coral reefs attracts a diverse range of people, regardless of science or humanities, from many academic fields to the fields of art. Taking advantage of this coral reef field, KICRS conducts a research project “MIRAI Project” that integrates research in multiple fields centered on coral reef science and considers the past, present, and future of the region. Also, we are developing a research and education program “KIKAI College” for elementary school students to university students and adults.
     The presenter has been researching to estimate the past marine environment using sclerochronology methods, which is the study of physical and chemical variations (oxygen and carbon stable isotope ratio, trace element concentration, and growth pattern) in the accretionary hard tissues of the bivalve shells and the coral skeleton.
     Currently, as a field-stay researcher, in addition to the geochemical analysis so far, I have researching coral reefs and ocean observations in collaboration with areas that can only be done locally.
     In this study group, I will introduce the research activities and the outreach activities on Kikai-Jima.









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