Stream 5: Crossdisciplinary and open topics

Coastal filters under remake
  • J. Carstensen1, C.A. Stedmon2, A. Andrusaitis3, J.G. Støttrup2
  • 1 Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2 Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • 3 BONUS Joint Baltic Sea research and development programme
Orals and posters
Globally, coastal ecosystems provide a series of valuable services to humans. One of the most important is the ‘coastal filter’, which transforms and retains nutrients and hazardous pollutants from land. However, the efficiency of the coastal filter is subject to changing climatic conditions, shifting biological communities, and alteration of the pollutant and nutrient ‘cocktails’ from land. Although transformation and retention of these substrates are mediated by microbes, plants and animals inhabiting the coastal ecosystem, climate and anthropogenic forcing strongly modulate their functioning. For example, biodiversity changes due to excess pollution may reduce the coastal filtering capacity. Understanding these mechanisms is crucial to managing human activities towards sustainable use of coastal ecosystem services, which calls for a holistic approach integrating knowledge across a broad variety of natural and societal science disciplines.

This session invites contributions analysing and modelling biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients and pathways of hazardous substances in the coastal zones in relation to climate forcing, biological diversity and direct human-induced pressures. We also invite contributions addressing advanced coastal management strategies, tools and solutions in order to maintain and restore the capacity of the ‘coastal filter’ and studies that include bio-economic modelling of potential management strategies and how to integrate science into management.
Supporting Publications
Organised by
  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • ZMT
  • ECSA
  • Future Earth
  • DHI
  • TriOS
  • Unisense