Research Vessels “Keifu Maru” Inboard Tour
February 25, 2016
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) operates two research vessels including “Keifu Maru” in the North-Western Pacific for maritime and meteorologic study purposes. It also operates in the seas adjacent to Japan. These Vessels mainly monitor large-scale, long-term variations of the environment.
In-cabin researh laboratories which are fully equipped with high-tech measuring instruments carry out database analysis for ocean water, extract various scientific informations, such as a percentage of CO2 absorption on the ocean surface and other sorts of data deeply related to global warming and ocean oxidation. These informations may be found on JMA’s website titled ”Marine Check-Up Scores”.
During the Tour, Captain Egashira from KEIFU MARU and Chief Scientist explained the workings of the vessel and research procedures. They toured the inbound facilities such as the control cabin, laboratory, operating room, and the sea water sampling machine (CTD). They also showed the visitors around the living space for sailors and researchers.
The Evening after the Tour, Ambassador Sakai held fellowship reception for researchers and sailors.
The successful Tour had about 15 participants through good coordination between the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Japanese Embassy in FSM.