分野別研究紹介

III. Dissemination and Use of Research Results

 At the MERI, we are contracted to carry out research for national and local government, and private entities. Moreover, we disseminate our research results in accordance with requests from local governments of regions with electric power generation and related industries.

Dissemination of Research Results
 In addition to publishing our research results in scientific journals and the Report of the Marine Ecology Research Institute, we also offer easily understandable explanations in publications intended for a general audience such as MERI News, pamphlets, and our website.
 Back issues of research reports and publications as well as video of experimental animals can be viewed on our website.
 
Publications (Report of the Marine Ecology Research Institute, MERI News, and Ocean Tidbits)
     
Data Library and Thermal Effluence Document Exhibit
 The data library at the Central Laboratory includes information concerning power plant cooling water intake and discharge and ecological data on marine organisms collected from domestic and overseas research reports and scientific journals. This information is used to support scientific research at the MERI, and we also respond to requests from seafood and electric utility industry groups.
 At the Thermal Effluent Document Exhibit located in the Demonstration Laboratory, we display information in such a way that children and the general public can have fun while learning about the ocean and thermal effluents.
 
The Thermal Effluent Document Exhibit
     

Interaction with Local Communities
 At the Central Laboratory, we open up the laboratory to the public as part of neighborhood events, and at the Demonstration Laboratory, we do so with the assistance of the city, neighborhood associations, and fishing cooperatives.
 As part of these programs, we endeavor to educate visitors about marine organisms and their environment in a fun and easy way through tours of the laboratories, microscope observations of living organisms, fish dissection, touch pools, and a science café.
 Furthermore, we also offer numerous hands-on activities including making pressed seaweed bookmarks, seafloor clay pottery, fish-patterned cloth bags, and squid-ink calligraphy. These activities help our visitors establish a deeper relationship with the sea.
 Finally, we strongly value our ties with our communities and participate in environmental study programs with local elementary and middle school students.

   
A tour of the marine organism rearing facilities   Fish dissection   Touch pools (aquaria containing marine organisms that visitors can touch directly)
         
   
Science café (a symposium where visitors can drink tea while listening to talks given by specialists)   Pressed seaweed bookmarks (visually striking seaweeds are spread onto a piece of paper, pressed and dried, and then turned into bookmarks)   Stamp cloth bags (visitors customize a cloth bag using fish-shaped stamps of their choosing)