Call for Papers

Special Issue: Anthropocene Coasts | Crafting Options, Approaches, and Solutions Towards Sustainability (COASTS)

Call for papers | Special Issue: Anthropocene Coasts | Crafting Options, Approaches, and Solutions Towards Sustainability (COASTS)


Anthropocene Coasts | SPECIAL ISSUE

Future Earth Coasts in combination with Anthropocene Coasts is pleased to announce an open call for papers to contribute to a special issue:
Crafting Options, Approaches, and Solutions Towards Sustainability (COASTS) for coastal regions of the world.

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 DECEMBER 2017 | Interested persons should submit a paper title, list of authors, and tentative abstract (300 words) by 17 December 2017 to the guest editor: Martin Le Tissier (

About this special issues: Global environmental change and the Anthropocene, including changing climates and increased variability, present many threats and risks to both human and biophysical systems at multiple scales across the globe. The outcomes of such changes will progressively impact all aspects of ecosystem functioning including global-to-local social and economic landscapes. No system will be more impacted than our coasts and near-shore environments. Cherished as places of enormous ecological, cultural, social and economic significance sustaining around 50% of the world’s population, the sea and the coasts are also important drivers of the global economy contributing an estimated $2.5 trillion (USD) each year. Arguably the most altered and imperiled social-ecological systems on Earth, coasts are characterised by pervasive unsustainable practices, and are deeply relevant in all seventeen of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (UN, 2015).

Current assessment procedures rarely efficiently or effectively achieve their principal purpose of promoting sustainable development. As well as understanding causes of phenomena that lead to unsustainability, there is a requirement to better understand future sustainability prospects and methods that institutionalise co-design practices. Such a development would enable coastal nations and regions to pursue coastal sustainability pathways are required. Innovative partnerships that bring together government, civil society, the private sector, knowledge generators, and the media are critical to these efforts. Facilitating this shift in approach necessitates critical reflection on prevailing practices, including consideration of the interconnected ethical, cultural, political, social, legal, engineering, economic, institutional, technological and behavioural dimensions of coastal development.

This special issue will drill down on futures-orienting approaches to sustainable coastal challenges from a global perspective to local implementation. It will focus on facilitating integrated and impactful knowledge across four themes: i) global stock-taking of future challenges for enhancing sustainability at the coast across scales ii) regional research activities that demonstrate the opportunities and challenges of vertical and horizontal integration of effort iii) national case studies that employ transdisciplinary approaches to solution definition and, iv) local implementation of co-design approaches especially those highlighting partnerships with the private sector.

About Anthopocene Coasts:

Anthropocene Coasts publishes multidisciplinary research that aims to understand and predict the effects of human activities, including climate change, on estuarine and coastal regions.

For more information on the journal please go to Anthropocene Coasts

And here for the journal’s Instructions to Authors