Public Symposium “ Nature in the Ryukyu Archipelago ”

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, a lecture on Nature in the Ryukyu Archipelago was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum in which 130 people including high school students participated. This symposium was held as part of the “International Research Hub Project for Climate Change and Coral Reef/Island Dynamics” that is being conducted by the Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus. A professor from the faculty of science introduced the charms hidden in the rich nature of Ryukyu Islands and also explained the stress that creatures suffer as a result of environmental change caused by global warming and El Nino.

The lecture included beautiful pictures of Okinawan nature and charts that clearly presented the material. After the lecture, not only researchers but also the general public asked questions one after another in a lively question and answer session.

[Program]
  1. When does coral whitening happen? Its secret is …
    Dr. Takashi Nakamura: Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Biology,and Marine Sciences
  2. Plants in the islands that grow gracefully
    Dr. Tetsuo Denda: Professor, Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences
  3. Geological features and formations of Okinawa Island
    Dr. Ryuichi Shinjo: Professor, Faculty of Science, Physics, and Earth Sciences
  4. Stalactite growth and the environment inside limestone caves
    Dr. Akira Tanahara: Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences

At the same time, in the lobby on the third floor, there was a poster session on part of the research results of the “International Research Hub Project for Climate Change and Coral Reef/Island Dynamics,” and many people went to see it.

The book Nature in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Coral Reefs, Biodiversity, and the Natural Environment, which contains research results of this project for the general public, was placed in the museum shop on the day of the symposium, and afterwards, many participants bought the book. This book is going to be reprinted next spring.

You can also download an English version from their homepage.
http://w3.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/coe/hub/styled-62/styled-67/index.html

※The International Research Hub Project for Climate Change and Coral Reef/Island Dynamics” is a research project on how global environmental change affects creatures that inhabit coral reef island systems and research on mineral formations from the multiple perspectives of biology, geoscience, and environmental science. This project’s actions have contributed to the development of studies and the maintenance of the global environment, and while nurturing young researchers, it aims to organize interdisciplinary coral reef islet science systematization. In the five years from 2011 through 2015, more than 150 theses and other papers, including collaborative research with overseas researchers, were presented.