A Field Visit to Sitakunda, Chattagram
The students of 1st year (DES 2019), Department of Environmental Science took part in a three-day long field visit to fulfill their academic requirement of the course titled “Earth and Biology for Environmental Sciences (ENV-1207)” from 14-17 September, 2019 at Shitakunda, Chattagram. The field trip was coordinated by Lecturer Alamgir Kabir, Lecturer Fowzia Ahmed, Lecturer Zannatul Ferdous and one field expert Professor Jamal Uddin (JU).
The general objective of the tour was to identify the biotic and abiotic components of environment, how they exist in a particular ecosystem and to identify the issues of environmental degradation. The whole visit was divided into six groups consisted of 6 students for data collection and water sample collection. A short description of each day is given below:
On the very first day of the tour, Shohosrodhara Waterfall, Lobonakkho Chora and Sandwip Channel were visited by the students for understanding the difference between terrestrial and coastal area. Students visualized different types of rocks and minerals, plant diversity, sedimentation process, erosional-depositional features etc. Different species of plant samples were also collected from the coastal area and identified their characteristics.
On the second day, students visited the Sitakunda Eco-park, Bhatiyari lake and ship breaking industry. In Sitakunda eco-park, each group was assigned to find out the indigenous and exogenous plant species as well as to sketch the eco-park through observations, transect walk, stepping, FGD and Key Informant Interview. Later on, the team went to Bhatiyari lake for understanding the lake ecosystem, process of lake formation and the negative impacts of lake on social life. At the end of the day, students visited ship breaking industry, Kumira, where the business owners bought the rejected ships at a lower price, then separate the acceptable parts from the ship and sell it at a high range. Students have been able to figure out how ship breaking industry is adversely affecting on the ocean and environment.
On the last day, students visited Khaiyachara Waterfall ad Mohamaya lake. They were able to understand the lake ecosystem and structure of the lake. Then they collected water samples from waterfall and lake for determining the pH, temperature, DO, BOD, EC, Turbidity, Salinity etc.
Based on their findings from the field, the participants had to give their day to day presentation in front of the faculty members at every evening. The groups were assessed and ranked based on their field performance.
Finally, our field trip terminated on 17th October.