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Great Night for the Lifesavers in South Korea

Lifesaving Society Korea (LSK), the research and training institute for drowning prevention and first aid promotion in South Korea, organized Lifesavers' Night on February 10th, 2017

Lifesavers Society Korea

  Lifesavers' Night (LSN) is the annual gathering of the members of Lifesaving Society Korea (LSK) to celebrate the success of drowning prevention over the past season and the remarkable achievement by LSK and its members in the nation. In 2017, LSK organized approximately 2,600 trainings and certified about 100,000 lifesavers. "Best Lifesaver" was also awarded to the lifeguard and first aider who saved lives and who was actively involved in lifesaving activities throughout their communities. During the event, the annual business plan was presented, including the Vision 2020 project, which establishes the stable national structure and network of livesaving.
   LSK has been working with the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) to promote safety and research throughout coastal areas and has published Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) Special Issues in accordance with the International Water Safety Symposium since 2014. Representatives from other lifesaving related organizations delivered video greetings, as well as Dr. Chris Makowski, who sent a celebration message on behalf of CERF.


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Nobuo Mimura, President of Ibaraki University and CERF-JCR Regional Vice President, delivers a powerful message on the status of his educational institution.

Nobuo Mimura

   Welcome to Ibaraki University! In this message, I would like to describe Ibaraki University as it stands today and its objectives for the future.

   Ibaraki University has a 65-year history dating back to May 1949, when it started out as a national university under Japan's new educational system. It was formed through the integration of the former educational system's Mito High School, Ibaraki Normal School, Ibaraki National School for Youth and Taga Technical College. Today, the university has developed into a mid-size national university with five undergraduate colleges and four graduate schools. There are approximately 8,400 students studying at the university.

   Ibaraki University has consistently aimed to develop outstanding human resources through teaching and research. In our modern age, the world is being rapidly transformed by ongoing globalization. In Japan, we face pressing issues such as a shrinking population and the aging of society, as well as disaster readiness and environmental problems. In our fast-changing society, I believe that it is crucial for Ibaraki University's students to continue growing even after graduation, and thereby succeed in their endeavors. To this end, Ibaraki University emphasizes "active learning," which is focused on developing practical knowledge and skills, and a liberal arts education that fosters an expansive perspective. In doing so, we are working to reform education (i.e. shift the quality of education) from "teaching" to "active learning." Going further, we are developing a diverse learning environment that supports the growth of our students by upgrading and expanding international exchange student programs, where students study abroad at universities in Asia and Western countries, along with short-term training programs.

   Another feature of Ibaraki University is that we are firmly rooted in the local region and are helping to build sustainable regional communities. To date, we have built up an extensive track record in such areas as joint research with local corporations, environmental preservation and natural energy development, disaster readiness, and support for the town development initiatives of local governments. In fact, we have just initiated a project to make the university a new regional center of knowledge, with the launch in April 2014 of the Social Collaboration Center. Looking ahead, we intend to advance an even broader range of activities to expand our circle of collaboration with Ibaraki Prefecture, municipalities, corporations, civic groups and others. On the research front, Ibaraki University has produced significant achievements in many different areas, notably material sciences, atomic sciences, climate change issues, biofuel, environmental improvement of Lake Kasumigaura, and support for recovery from earthquake and radiation disasters. We seek to create distinctive fields by further strengthening our advanced research activities, as we strive to make Ibaraki University's research achievements widely known across Japan and the rest of the world.

   Universities are vital organs of society that are crucial to building a sustainable regional society. They not only serve as institutes of higher education, but also help to advance research and solve a variety of issues facing the region. Keeping this firmly in mind, Ibaraki University will practice open management in order to contribute to the development of society through teaching, research, regional collaboration and internationalization. I hope that this will increase your understanding of Ibaraki University, and I look forward to your continued support.

Nobuo Mimura, D.Eng.
President, Ibaraki University
Ibaraki Prefecture 310-0056, Japan


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Coastal Wetlands Final Covers

   This book delves into human-induced and natural impacts on coastal wetlands, intended or otherwise, through a series of vignettes that elucidate the environmental insults and efforts at amelioration and remediation. The alteration, and subsequent restoration, of wetland habitats remain key issues among coastal scientists. These topics are introduced through case studies and pilot programs that are designed to better understand the best practices of trying to save what is left of these fragile ecosystems. Local approaches, as well as national and international efforts to restore the functionality of marsh systems are summarily approached and evaluated by their efficacy in producing resilient reclamations in terms of climate-smart habitat conservation. The outlook of this work is global in extent and local by intent. Included here in summarized form are professional opinions of experts in the field that investigate the crux of the matter, which proves to be human pressure on coastal wetland environments. Even though conservation and preservation of these delicate environmental systems may be coming at a later date, many multi-pronged approaches show promise through advances in education, litigation, and engineering to achieve sustainable coastal systems. The examples in this book are not only of interest to those working exclusively with coastal wetlands, but also to those working to protect the surrounding coastal areas of all types.


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Lakes of the World CRL Announcement

   Featuring satellite imagery from Google Earth, this guide provides a unique, highly visual tour of lakes across the globe, from the simple to the complex, the nearby to the remote. Clear text accompanies each image and identifies important aspects of each lake along with such information as its coordinates, scale, and altitudes, if relevant.
   Anja M. Scheffers is Professor of Geoscience, Southern Cross University, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, NSW, Australia. She has a M.Sc. from University of Bonn, a Ph.D., from University of Duisburg-Essen, and a Habilitation (D.Sc.) from the University of Duisburg-Essen. She authored and co-authored more than 100 publications with main emphasis on the Physical Geography of coasts (palaeotsunamis and palaeostorms, general palaeoclimatology, sea level histories, Quaternary geochronology based on ESR and U-series dating, and multi-proxy study of corals), based on fieldwork in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, SE-Asia, Australia and Ireland. Anja Scheffers was awarded the prestigious ARC (Australian Research Council) Future Fellowship 2009-2013.
   Dieter H. Kelletat is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and currently Lecturer at Cologne University. He has a Dipl.-Geogr. and Ph.D., from Göttingen University and Habilitation (D.Sc.) from Technical University of Berlin. He was also Associate Professor at the University of Braunschweig and Professor at the University of Hannover. His expertise is Physical Geography with emphasis on the geomorphology of coasts, high mountains, glaciers and climate change. He authored, co-authored and edited more than 250 scientific publications including textbooks and books for a wider audience, based on fieldwork on five continents from the tropics to the Arctic.


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Diversity in the Coastal Marine Sciences CRL Front Cover

   This book integrates a wide range of subjects into a coherent purview of the status of coastal marine science. Designed for the professional or specialist in coastal science, oceanography, and related disciplines, this work will appeal to workers in multidisciplinary fields that strive for practical solutions to environmental problems in coastal marine settings around the world. Examples are drawn from many different geographic areas, including the Black Sea region. Subject areas covered include aspects of coastal marine geology, physics, chemistry, biology, and history. These subject areas were selected because they form the basis for integrative investigation of salient environmental problems or perspective solutions or interpretation of historical context.


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