As “the water planet”, the Earth holds approximately 14,108 cubic kilometers of water. A vast majority of the earth’s water (~ 97.5% of the total volume), however, exists in the seas while almost all of the remaining fresh water is locked up in the Antarctic or Arctic ice caps or as groundwater. Only a small fraction of freshwater can be freely accessed (0.007% in lakes and 0.002% in rivers). Therefore, lakes are the best “available freshwater source on the Earth’s surface.”
Additionally, lakes are valued as water sources and for fishing, water transport, recreation, and tourism (Ministry of Environment of Japan, https://www.env.go.jp/en/water/wq/lakes/why.html). Given such significance of the lake ecosystem, it is crucial to assess and elucidate the ecosystem process in freshwater lake ecosystem for environmental lake management. This seminar aims to share the latest research findings and ideas to promote environmental conservation and appropriate management of freshwater lakes.
Those who are interested, especially university students, are welcome to attend the seminar.
Date: 14 September 2020, Mon., 10:00 AM– 12:30 PM Japan standard time
Organised by : Water Environment Research Group, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Registration : here