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 56 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.
Propose a Special Session
We are inviting delegates to propose and convene special organised sessions for ECSA 56. For more details and submission information please click here >>
Deadline for proposing a session: 30 November 2015
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
- Coastal morphodynamics affected by anthropogenic modifications and climate change
- From measuring to modelling hydro- and sediment
- Impact of extreme events on coastal systems
- Monitoring with coastal ocean observing systems
2. Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface
- Role of aquaculture for the pollution of coastal waters
- From catchment to coast: effects of land use change and hydrological regulations
- Carbon and nitrogen cycling in benthic and pelagic ecosystems
- Impact of ocean acidification on coastal systems
- Blue carbon: assessing the role and carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands
3. Shifting ecosystem structures and functions
- Biodiversity in coastal systems
- Role of functional and response diversity to changes for ecosystem resilience
- Linkages between estuarine, coastal and marine habitats
- Stress responses and resilience: from molecular to ecosystem level
4. The human dimension: impact, management, governance
- Resource use patterns and management and implications for the environment
- Participatory management approaches in coastal zone management
- Marine and coastal spatial planning/ decision support
- Valuing marine ecosystem services
- Governing the commons: Institutions for the sea/ marine governance
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- Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen
- 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, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK
- Dr. Inga Nordhaus, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany
- Dr. Kate Spencer, ECSA President-Elect, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
- Dr. Christian Winter, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany