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.

Conference Topics:

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. Measuring bio-geophysical processes in dynamic and complex environments

1f. Ecogeomorphology of estuarine systems

1g. 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. The Subterranean Estuary

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

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

3f. 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. A practical illustration of the human dimension in coastal systems and its drivers for change

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

5g. Anthropocene and Holocene environmental changes – the past as a window into the future

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

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Text in red = Special Session

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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, 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


Supporting Publications
Organised by
  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • ZMT
  • ECSA
  • Future Earth
  • DHI
  • TriOS
  • Unisense

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