Implementing Science-Based Solutions and Strategies for Coastal Resilience

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

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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.

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


  • 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


Submission Id



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


Estuarine & Coastal Sciences in Ice Cover Seas


Submission Id



Ecological modelling of coastal ecosystems


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


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


Blue Carbon ecosystem assessment, restoration and accounting


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


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


Submission Id



Nitrogen biogeochemical cycling in estuarine and coastal ecosystems


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


Dynamics of organic carbon cycling at the land-ocean interface


Compound weather, climate and biogeochemical extreme events


Lateral exchanges of carbon and nutrient in coastal blue carbon ecosystems

Human dimension

Submission Id



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


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


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


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

Scientific Committee
  • Anita FrancoInternational Estuarine & Coastal Specialists Ltd, UK
  • 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
  • Steve Mitchell, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • 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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