[AOS20-P03] High-resolution hydrographic observation with local communities in the Sanriku coastal seas, Japan
Keywords:Coastal Physical Oceanography,, Local Communities, The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, , Tohoku Ecosystem-Associated Marine Sciences
In the study we have built a WEB site that distributes real-time-monitored marine environmental data, such as water temperature, wave height, salinity, concentration of nitrate, and meteorological conditions. The marine environmental information distributed by this system has been widely viewed and been practically utilized by the local communities including fishermen, because growth of the seaweeds and the shellfish depends greatly on the seawater circulation, which conveys nutrients into the “non-feeding” sea farming areas.
Moreover, we have held local meetings in rural fishing villages. Direct exchanges of marine information between the researchers and fishermen are very useful not only for the fishery, but also for the progress of the oceanography, because the fishermen know the sea very well. In addition, the hydrographic observation over the inshore fishery areas cannot be made safely without support from fishermen. In other words, in situ observation with local communities is essential for performing state-of-the-art coastal physical oceanography.