Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts


Future Earth Coasts have sponsored sessions at 2 upcoming meetings

ECSA 56 Coastal systems in transition: From a ‘natural’ to an ‘anthropogenically-modified’ state. 4-7 September 2016, Maritim Hotel & Congress Centrum Bremen, Germany

ECSA 55 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. Future Earth Coasts are sponsoring Session 5b: Exploring coastal futures in the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene describes a new epoch where human drivers have become an integral part of natural systems and where the bio-physical is entangled with the bio-cultural features of landscapes: Nowhere is this more evident than in the world’s coastal zones. The Future Earth Coasts project is beginning a programme to explore the options and opportunities for sustainability of coastal zones to identify plausible futures that better address the challenges society faces from global change in an era of turbulence and surprises. Papers are invited that address and explore inter- and transdisciplinary approaches required to gain understanding of these “novel” systems in order to provide the basis for a sustainable management.

Deadline for submission is March 18, 2016 

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Global Land Project 3rd Open Science Meeting “Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions”; China National Convention Center, Beijing, 24-27th October 2016

The aim of GLP 3rd OSM 2016 is to bring together the international research community working on land system issues. The OSM will highlight the width and scope of ongoing land system research, strengthen the highly interdisciplinary land system community, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation. Future Earth Coasts are sponsoring Session ID: 51 – Managing urbanization pressures in the coastal zone in the context of the blue economy and global environmental change.

Coastal zones have historically been a natural place for human settlements as they typically offer ready access to water and a variety of land and marine resources. Increasingly, and especially in the context of small island developing states (SIDS), societies are looking to the marine space to develop a maritime economy to supplement the limited options present from traditional land-based options. This has led to concepts of a blue economy and blue growth as a long term strategy to support sustainable growth. However, the pressures that the development of a blue economy places upon already limited land space for infrastructure needs and urban development for the inward migration of people to support blue growth industries has been poorly studied.
The purpose of this session is to review the current state of knowledge regarding driver and pressure changes faced by coastal zones from urbanisation originating from sources other than climate change, which has been the primary focus of enquiry to date. The session will take the form of a world café session series with a series of flash talks (5 minutes), to identify key drivers and the principal questions that emerge, followed by a discussion to identify a research agenda and the science questions that could frame a collaboration between the Global Land Project and the Future Earth Coasts project. We invite submission of papers to the session a summary of which will be presented as a flash talk.

Deadline for submission is March 30, 2016 

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