ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities

3-6 September 2018 | Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, WA, Australia

Welcome to ECSA’s next major symposium,  ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities, which will take place from the 3-6 September 2018 in Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, WA, Australia. 

The structure and functioning of our estuaries and seas are shifting due to diverse drivers from local to global scales. The resulting threats to these systems are often all too apparent, yet such changes can also present new opportunities. The challenge is to harness these opportunities through new ways of thinking, scientific developments, innovative technology and more effective integration of science and management.

Conference Topics:

1. Environment

General Sessions

a. Land - ocean linkages

b. Coastal morphodynamics and sediment transport

c. Oceanography and physical-biological coupling

d. Biogeochemistry, element cycling and greenhouse gas dynamics

Special Sessions

e. Coastal wetland vulnerability: Climate change, anthropogenic pressures, and extreme events

f. Similarities, stressors and sustainability of southern hemisphere estuaries on wave-dominated coasts

g. Changing sea levels and changing tides

h. Forecasting physical-biological processes: advances in monitoring, modeling and validation

i. Acid sulfate soils in coastal ecosystems: Impact of anthropogenic and natural activities

j. Coastal response to a changing climate

k. Greenhouse gasses: Production, uptake, and emission


2. Biodiversity

General Sessions

a. Genetic diversity and adaptation

b. Population dynamics

c. Connectivity (e.g. energy, genes, habitats and disease)

d. Ecosystem structure and function

Special Sessions

e. Cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms in coastal systems

f. Incorporating an understanding of resilience into the management, conservation and restoration of benthic primary producer habitats

g. Omics advances in estuarine research and applications

h. Trait-based approaches for understanding ecosystem functioning in a changing world

i. Impacts of Marine Noise on ocean biodiversity

j. Paleoecology: A tool for informed management of estuarine and coastal ecosystems


3. People and management

General Sessions

a. Sustainable natural resource exploitation

b. Marine Protected Areas

c. Aquaculture

d. Societal values

e. Citizen science

f. Ecosystem service delivery

Special Sessions

g. Coastal challenges for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

h. Destination Ocean: Challenges of global tourism to ocean and coasts

i. Policies for improvement of artisanal fisheries in developing countries

j. Assessing and valuing our environment: Challenging the ecosystem service approach

k. Estuarine ecology, fishery resources, threats and solutions towards a sustainable management


4. Integration

General Sessions

EMECS sponsored session - Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas

a. Socio-ecological dynamics, resilience and regime shifts

b. Integrated management – cumulative risk assessment and tradeoffs

c. Case studies of eco-engineering and ecosystem restoration

d. Effective governance – regional to international scales

e. Integrated observing systems and modelling

Special Sessions

f. Grey to green nature-based coastal protection

g. Estuaries in the 21st Century – a new paradigm

h. Assessing cumulative impacts and risks to marine ecosystem values

i. The Great Barrier Reef - A rapidly changing and degrading ecosystem: The need for urgent management and current opportunities

j. Mangrove restoration: reality or utopia

k. Balancing good marine health status and blue growth

l. Novel approaches to monitoring estuaries, coastal and shelf waters

m. Communicating the risk of coastal degradation under the Climate Change scenario: Challenges and opportunities

n. Taking Social Sustainability to the Sea: How to Strengthen the Social Dimension of Coastal and Marine Governance

o. Matching scales and optimizing designs: from observational to modelling and assessing approaches for understanding estuarine and coastal system dynamics

p. Applied solutions for sustainable and resilient estuaries and coasts

q. Keeping major urban estuaries, ports and harbours viable

r. Modelling threats to coastal systems and restoration options

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Conference Chairs
  • Fiona Valesini, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Chris Hallett, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Matt Hipsey, University of Western Australia, Australia

Scientific Committee

  • Mike Elliott, Editor-in-Chief Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (Elsevier) and Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Bronwyn Gillanders, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Victor de Jonge, Editor-in-Chief Ocean & Coastal Management and Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Gary Kendrick, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Sally Little, ECSA Conference Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Ryan Lowe, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Alan Whitfield, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa
Supporting Publications
Organised by
  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
Supported by
  • Perth Convention Bureau
  • tourism
Silver Sponsor
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Harry Butler Institute
  • Emecs
  • Anthropocene
  • Deltares
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Marine biophysics
  • Wetlands Research Association Inc.

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