Email: s129308 @matsu.shimane-u.ac.jp
Coastal and estuarine regions are important sinks for many persistent pollutants, which can accumulate in organisms and in bottom sediments (e.g. Kaliszan, 1995). Over the last few decades, the study of surface sediments has proved to be an excellent tool for evaluating the effect of anthropogenic and natural processes on depositional environments.
Ise Bay is located in Mie Prefecture, on the island of Honshu, Japan. From ancient times, Ise Bay has provided the people of the surrounding regions with a rich abundance of natural resources. As a result, unique communities developed around the bay. Fishing, rice cropping, and manufacturing industries flourished. These anthropogenic activities have the potential to affect the quality of soil and water in the region.
The specific aims of my research are:
The results of this study will help policy-makers establish baseline data for future monitoring of environmental changes.