EMECS sponsored session - Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas
- Professor Eric Wolanski, FTSE, James Cook University, Australia, and EMECS
- Professor Zhongyuan Chen, East China Normal University, China, and EMECS
The fast economic growth and related human activities worldwide in the watersheds draining poorly flushed seas, estuaries, and lagoons during the last few decades are dramatically influencing the environment, from river catchments to transitional waters and seas; and climate change further amplifies these effects. Such rapidly changing, poorly flushed, systems include, amongst others, the Seto Inland Sea, the Chesapeake Bay, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the upper Gulf of Thailand, the Black Sea, the upper Gulf of Bengal, the upper Gulf of Tonkin, the Bohai Sea, as well as choked estuaries, lagoons, marinas, ports and harbours.
The aim this session is to address the issues raised by the interactions between estuarine processes, human activities and climate change, in poorly flushed (enclosed to semi-enclosed) systems. This session welcomes studies that address these issues.
Two EMECS prizes will be awarded to students on the last day of the conference, one prize for the best student oral presentation and one prize for the best student poster presentation.
The EMECS special session is hosted by the International EMECS Center - https://www.emecs.or.jp/en/
The International EMECS Center is an organization based in Japan that promotes international exchanges on not only coastal but also catchment areas of the enclosed coastal seas in a wide range of fields such as research, policy, civic action, education and industrial activities and so forth to solve the problem on the environmental conservation of enclosed coastal seas in the world. The name of the Center is an acronym for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas. The organization was established in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan in 1994, and became a Foundation under the co-jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment in 2000.