[MIS08-P04] Practical applications in the Tosashimizu Geopark Plan of site monitoring by local residents: Landform change of Sakurahama Beach
Keywords:geopark, geosite, preservation, monitoring, sandy beach
The focus of this presentation, Sakurahama beach, is a pocket beach located in central Tosashimizu. It has been renowned as a place of scenic beauty since the Edo period. It is known that flat coasts such as Sakurahama beach are easily affected by human influence and environmental changes and local residents have been aware of the reduction of the beach area over time. Also, Sakurahama beach is a spawning ground that many living organisms temporarily inhabit. Consequently, detailed monitoring studies are highly significant. One local resident, Hirano Yorihisa, takes photographs of the same area of Sakurahama beach almost every day. In those pictures, the changes in landform before and after typhoons, the change in granularity of beach sand over time, and loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings can be evidenced. This presentation will analyze the photographic records of Hirano Yorihisa and discuss the future prospects for such research.