On March 11,2011, a huge earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku area in Japan, caused serious damages to the people, towns, industries and marine environments. Japanese scientists launched a 10-years project, “Tohoku Ecosystem-Associated Marine Sciences (TEAMS)” supported by MEXT in Jan 2012 and have conducted multidisciplinary research for clarifying the changes of the environments and for helping local people especially fishermen to restore their industries. Nearly 5 years have passed since the disaster. This should be a right time to summarize our current scientific knowledge and also to clarify what scientists should do for the society after such natural events detrimental to human society. The aims of this symposium are, first, to show the achievements of TEAMS, second to know the similar research in other countries, third to figure out future scientific issues and finally to clarify the way how scientists can contribute to the society.
Kazuhiro Kogure Projet Grand Maillet, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo email: firstname.lastname@example.org