Giorgio Caramanna visiting scientist, University of Tokyo

Giorgio Caramanna in JapanDuring February and March 2011, Giorgio Caramanna was a visiting scientist at the University of Tokyo's School for Frontier Science in the new facilities of the Kashiwa Campus.

Giorgio was welcomed by Professor Toru Sato, one of Japan's leading experts in the field of bubble modelling.

During his visit Giorgio had the opportunity to learn more about the behaviour of bubble plumes in the liquid environment. This is a very relevant part of Giorgio’s research as he is focused on the identification of reliable detection and monitoring techniques for CO2 emissions in aquatic environments.

The visit was also an excellent opportunity to strength the bonds between the NCCCS and the University of Tokyo for future collaboration in this interesting and challenging topic.

During his visit Giorgio was invited to be a keynote speaker in a workshop on CCS marine monitoring organized by the British Embassy in Tokyo.

The workshop took place on the sub-tropical island of Ishigaki in the Okinawa Prefecture and was attended by experts from UK and Japan. Attendees had the opportunity to collaborate on a marine survey of underwater methane and CO2 vents in the nearby island of Taketomi. The field-work was organized by Dr. Kiminori Shitashima of the CRIEPI institute who has developed some innovative sensors for the detection of CO2 in water. The field-work was a good opportunity for successfully testing the reliability of the system.

Giorgio performed vertical logs of the main chemical parameters above the underwater gas vents and this data will be useful for a better understanding of the chemical effects induced by the presence of methane and CO2 in the sea. The workshop concluded with networking between UK and Japan researchers aimed to develop further future collaborations.

Ishigaki Giorgio Caramanna in Japan Giorgio with AUV


Giorgio and Dr Mariagrazia Graziano

Giorgio with AUV with Sensors

The visit was initially planned to last until the beginning of April but the earthquake of 11th March and the following damage to the nuclear power-plant of Fukushima and potential leakage of radioactive material forced an earlier return to the UK.

Giorgio was at work during the earthquake and he said that, as a geologist, this was a very impressive experience and the fact that no damage, despite the strength of the shake, was registered in the buildings of Kashiwa Campus is a proof of the very high quality of the anti-seismic constructions in Japan. Sadly the tsunami caused a huge toll of victims but we are confident that the Japanese People, as before in their history, will stand again stronger than ever.


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