Re ECF Project: 2012-19

Project Title: Revealing historical profile of marine ecological degradation in Hong Kong using paleoecological approaches

Applicant: Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $500,000

Duration: 1/5/2014 to 30/4/2017

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Scope:
Through investigating the living, core-top, dead, and fossil ostracods, foraminifera, and bivalves in grab and core sediment samples, this project aims to

  1. quantitatively evaluate the vulnerability of sub-tropical Hong Kong’s marine ecosystem against human-induced environmental changes;
  2. elucidate critical factor(s) for human-induced marine ecological degradation;
  3. develop ecosystem health index using paleoecological data; and
  4. reconstruct marine ecological degradation history and pre-impacted natural baseline for the past few hundreds of years in Hong Kong.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project.