Implementing Science-Based Solutions and Strategies for Coastal Resilience

2-5 September 2024 | Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel, Hangzhou, China

Welcome to the 60th meeting of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA)!

We are delighted to announce that this highly anticipated event, focusing on the theme "Implementing Science-Based Solutions and Strategies for Coastal Resilience," will be hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, in Hangzhou, China. The co-chairs for this meeting are Dr. Jianfang Chen from China and Dr. Salom Vincent from India.

ECSA invites its delegates to shape the conference programme. In case you have a specific theme/issue that adds to the existing general sessions, you are invited to suggest and convene a Special Session to a specific topic suggested by you that falls under one of the four main conference topics.

Estuaries and coastal seas as well as the population living there are extremely vulnerable to the multiple pressures imposed by global climate and environmental change. Ecosystem functions and services and the livelihoods of the population are impaired by a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors. The latter became more and more important during the time period that is called the 'Anthropocene' by many. These are grand challenges for science as well as for society which call for action towards a more resilient and sustainably used coastal zone.

With a focus on coastal resilience and management, this meeting aims to foster scientific collaboration, knowledge exchange between science and society, and the development of practical strategies and solutions. It serves as a unique platform for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders to collectively address the challenges faced by coastal regions worldwide.

Mark your calendars for an enriching experience from September 2 to September 6, 2024. The meeting will kick off with an engaging opening ceremony in the afternoon of September 2 and will have a number of keynote lectures on timely issues as well as a multitude of oral and poster presentations until September 5. On September 6, different options for field trips will provide participants with an exploration of coastal resilience initiatives.

Join us at ECSA 60 as we delve into the multidisciplinary aspects of coastal resilience, drawing insights from physics, ecology, biogeochemistry, and the human dimension. Together, we will shape the future of our coasts by implementing science-based strategies that promote resilience and sustainability.

General Session Proposals


  • Coastal hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics
  • Tides, waves, and storm surges in estuaries and coasts
  • Impact of extreme events on coastal systems
  • Monitoring and prediction with observation systems and models


  • Coastal biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Habitat conservation and aquaculture
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration
  • Connectivity of estuaries, saltmarshes, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs
  • Stress responses and resilience: from molecular to ecosystem level


  • Terrestrial carbon and nutrient input and estuarine transformation
  • Eutrophication, Hypoxia and Ocean Acidification
  • Blue Carbon sequestration and storage
  • Source tracing and food web accumulation of pollutants

Human Dimension

  • Coastal governance and policy
  • Socio-economic impacts and adaptation
  • Community engagement and stakeholder involvement
  • UN Ocean Decade initiatives in estuaries and coasts
  • Decision support tools and marine spatial planning
  • Science communication, citizen science and ocean literacy

Special Session Categories

Submission Id



Nitrogen biogeochemical cycling in estuarine and coastal ecosystems


Social-oceanographical modeling to promote decision-making of coastal resilience in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)


Ecological modelling of coastal ecosystems


Response and resilience against natural hazards: science, policy and community engagement


“Source-to-Sink” processes across the river-estuary-coast shelf continuum under changing climate and human activities


Biogeochemistry and hydrology across the land-ocean continuum in the coastal transition zone


Dynamics of organic carbon cycling at the land-ocean interface


Knowledge Co-Production in the Implementation of Closed Season in Africa


Estuarine & Coastal Sciences in Ice Cover Seas


Environmental change affecting COastal ecosystems of tropical China during the Anthropocene: Landward vs. OCeanic influence (ECOLOC)


Challenges in the integration of ecological, socio-ecological and socio-economic aspects in estuarine, coastal and marine management


Blue Carbon ecosystem assessment, restoration and accounting


Compound weather, climate and biogeochemical extreme events


Deepening knowledge on the resilience and responses of estuarine ecosystems under climate change


Coastal wetlands: processes, interactions and evolutions


Estuarine and deltaic coastal resilience with nature-based solutions


Lateral exchanges of carbon and nutrient in coastal blue carbon ecosystems


Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions for transformative climate adaptation in marine coastal areas


The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association promotes research, management and capacity development activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular of SDG 14 "Life Below Water".

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Conference Chairs
  • Jianfang Chen, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, China
  • Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent, University of Kerala, India

Scientific Committee
  • Sally LittleECSA President, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • John Humphreys, ECSA President-Elect, Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority, Wimborne, UK
  • Tim Jennerjahn, ECSA Conference Coordinator, Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research, Germany
  • Feng Zhou, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources,China
  • Yuntao Wang, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, China
  • Luzhen Chen, Xiamen University, China
Supporting Publications
Organised by
  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • soed

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