ECSA 56 Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state

4-7 September 2016 | Maritim Hotel & Congress Centrum Bremen

Welcome to ECSA’s next major symposium, ECSA 56 – Coastal systems in transition from a ‘natural’ to an ‘anthropogenically modified’ state, which will take place from the 4-7 September 2016 in Bremen, Germany.

Humans are drivers of and affected by global change. Human-induced global climate and regional environmental change dramatically modify the structures and functions of coastal systems driving them into a new system state. The altered resource potentials and ecosystem services then, in turn, significantly affect the livelihoods of the population.

Distinguishing between natural and anthropogenic control factors and quantifying their impacts is a major challenge in the investigation of hydrodynamic, sedimentological, biogeochemical, ecological and socioeconomic processes in the coastal zone.

Inter- and transdisciplinary efforts are required to gain a profound understanding of these "novel" systems, which provides the basis for a sustainable management.

ECSA 55 brings together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers and professionals to discuss and address issues of outstanding scientific importance in the science and management of estuaries and coastal seas in this rapidly changing world.

Conference Topics:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 18 March 2016

Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the following topics. They should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

1. Changing physical settings and processes

1a. Coastal morphodynamics affected by engineering structures and sea level rise

1b. From measuring to modelling hydro- and sediment dynamics

1c. Impact of extreme events on coastal systems

1d. Monitoring with coastal ocean observing systems

1e. Linking energy regime and ecological changes in coral reefs

1f. Measuring bio-geophysical processes in dynamic and complex environments

1g. Ecogeomorphology of estuarine systems

1h. Estuarine numerical model development and applications

2. Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface

2a. Aquaculture and pollution of coastal waters

2b. From catchment to coast: effects of land use change and hydrological regulations

2c. Carbon and nutrient cycling in benthic and pelagic ecosystems

2d. Impact of ocean acidification on coastal systems

2e. Blue carbon: assessing the role and carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands

2f. The Subterranean Estuary

2g. Nutrient dynamics in seagrass ecosystems under pressure

2h. Polar estuaries - an early-warning region for temperate systems?

2i. From sediments to soil, and back in estuaries

3. Shifting ecosystem structures and functions

3a. Biodiversity in coastal systems

3b. Role of functional and response diversity to changes for ecosystem resilience

3c. Linkages between estuarine, coastal and marine habitats

3d. Stress responses: from molecular to ecosystem level

3e. Modelling the tipping points along the carbonate sediment continuum

3f. Effects of anthropogenic stressors and environmental change on the performance of early life history stages of marine invertebrates

3g. Analysing, assessing and judging integrated ecosystem food webs and other networks

3h. Ecological responses of large estuarine-shelf system under natural and anthropogenic stresses with an interdisciplinary perspective

4. The human dimension: impact, management, governance

4a. Implications of resource use patterns and management for the environment

4b. Participatory management approaches in coastal zone management

4c. Marine and coastal spatial planning/ decision support

4d. Valuing marine ecosystem services

4e. Governing the commons: Institutions for the sea/ marine governance

4f. Experimental economics evidence for contributions to marine and coastal collective goods

4g. Assessing institutions and SES sustainability using frameworks

4h. Improving the understanding and management of coral reef socio-ecological systems through community and stakeholder engagement

4i. Boundary-crossing: Bridging the Marine-Terrestrial Divide in Sustainability Research

4j. A practical illustration of the human dimension in coastal systems and its drivers for change

4k. Coastal Change and Mobilities

5 Crossdisciplinary and open topics

5a. EMECS - Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas

5b. Exploring coastal futures in the Anthropocene

5c. From 'anthropogenically-modified' to a 'natural' state in the North and Baltic Seas? – Scientific challenges for the implementation of the European MarineStrategy Framework Directive

5d. Coastal filters under remake

5e. Managing harbours as complex social-ecological systems

5f. Management beyond single ecosystems: How can we include physical fluxes between ecosystems for successful management?

5g. Arctic coasts in rapid transition

5h. Coastal settings through Holocene environmental changes – the past as a window into the future

5i. The path into the Anthropocene - the long-term record of human impact on coastal zones

5j. Repairing the world’s estuaries: opportunities and constraints in the Anthropocene

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Text in red = Special Session

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Committee

Conference Chairman

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Mike Elliott, Editor-in-Chief Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Prof. Dierk Hebbeln, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Prof. Victor de Jonge, Editor-in-Chief Ocean & Coastal Management, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Dr. Sally Little, ECSA Conference Coordinator, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geography, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Dr. Inga Nordhaus, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany
  • Dr. Kate Spencer, ECSA President, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Dr. Christian Winter, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany

Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. James Bauer, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Stuart Borrett, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Prof. Dr. Robinson W. Fulweiler, Boston University Earth & Environment, USA
  • Dr. Francois Galgani, IFREMER, France
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner, Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen; Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
  • Dr. Rute Pinto, MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Portugal
  • Prof. Dr. Selina Stead, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr. Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Supporting Publications
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  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • ZMT
Sponsors
 
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