Sesoko Island Area - Japan
Sesoko Island Area
Sesoko Island is located at the west of northern part of Okinawa Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Okinawa Prefecture is in subtropical climate, and islands of Okinawa are fringed by coral reefs. Sesoko Island is a good field for studying coral reefs.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Sesoko Station of University of the Ryukyus is located on Sesoko Island. Sesoko Station is a field station of coral reef studies, and owns large-scale fish tanks, and it is well equipped with instruments for marine science. The main purpose of Sesoko Station is to promote collaborative researches of coral reefs with domestic and international researchers.
Sesoko Station was founded as a branch station of Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of the Ryukyus in 1971. This former station was renamed as Tropical Marine Science Center and served as an inter-department institute of the university, In 1994 when Tropical Biosphere Research Center was established, the institute was integrated into the new center.