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December, 2022

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  • FEC Fellows Session: Setting Sail with FEC Early Career Researchers
  • East China Normal University Graduate Programs
  • Multiple Research and Teaching Positions in Estuarine, Coastal & Marine Sciences in Shanghai
  • Impacts of Tourism on Coastal Areas
  • Future Earth Experts Join Statement to COP15 Negotiators on Reversing Biodiversity Loss
  • Monsoon School "Generating Impact in Complex Natural Resource Contexts"

Happy New Year!

Dear Future Earth Coasts Community,

We wish you joy, good health and prosperity throughout the coming year 2023!

We would like to thank you for your support and active involvement in the year of 2022. The knowledge and expertise you shared with us have been invaluable. We also would like to thank our partners for their cooperation, dedication and commitment. We look forward to a new year brimming with knowledge and actions towards a respectful custodianship of our coasts and oceans!

What have we been up to

FEC Fellows Session: Setting Sail with FEC Early Career Researchers

The long-awaited 'FEC Fellows Session' took place online on 12 December, welcoming Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from FEC network, East China Normal University and Erasmus MACOMA/WACOMA Programme. The kickoff session provided the perfect stage for FEC ECRs and Academy members to exchange innovative ideas and career experience.

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Watch the Recording through FEC YouTube Channel

East China Normal University Graduate Programs

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General Information


Master Programs: 2-3 years

Doctoral programs: 4 years

Beginning: early September

Application Deadline: Jun.15th, 2023

(Scholarship application deadline please refer to the Scholarship Section)

Majors and Fees

2023 Master Programs Major list

2023 PhD Programs Major List


1. Non-Chinese citizen with a valid passport.

2. Master programs applicants should have Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree to a Bachelor’s degree (or above) in China.

Doctoral programs applicants should have Master’s degree or an equivalent degree to a Master’s degree (or above) in China.

3. Chinese-taught programs applicants should have HSK Level 5 over 210 or HSK Level 6 over 180.

English-taught programs applicants should have effective English Language Test Certificate or official proof of taking English-taught programs (details refer to the Language Proficiency Certificate). Native English speakers do not need to submit the English Certificate.

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Multiple Research and Teaching Positions in Estuarine, Coastal & Marine Sciences in Shanghai

The School of Marine Sciences, East China Normal University, invites applications to multiple faculty positions. All positions are open until filled.

Competitive salaries ranged between $30,000~$150,000 for PostDocs and Professors, in addition to starting fund for research. Annual salaries are negotiable based on achievements upon application.

  • Post Docs: $30,000-$40,000
  • Associate Professors: $40,000-$75,000
  • Professors: $75,000-150,000

Research and Teaching Positions

Successful applicants will join the team associated with the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and

Coastal Research. A doctorate (Ph.D.), or with equivalent research experiences, is required in one

of the following fields:

• Hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics

• Harbor, port and coastal engineering

• Estuarine and Coastal morphodynamics

• Marine geology

• Physical oceanography

• Chemical oceanography and biogeochemistry

• Biological Oceanography and Ecosystem Dynamics

• Coastal ecosystems and aquatic environments

• Estuarine and coastal observation system

• Numerical modeling

• Other relevant research topics


Scientific Paper Editor

Scientists with strong background of Geography, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences or Ecology are encouraged to apply. Native English speaker level applicants with publication records and editorial board member experiences in internationally recognized journals are preferred. Basic salaries plus work load allowances will be provided. Successful candidates for the above positions will be offered internationally competitive salaries based on qualifications and experiences, together with start-up research funds. There are also promotion opportunities if qualified during the contract period.Interested candidates are invited to send a PDF file including curriculum vitae, a cover letter with future research interests and plans, and the names and addresses of three referees to:


PhD Candidates

CSC scholarship is needed while applying for the international PhD candidates at SKELC. We can provide supports during the application. Interested candidates can check for potential supervisors first. For CSC scholarship application, please check: 

Deadline: 28th February, every year.


Please send your CV and supporting documents to Ms. WANG JING (

State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University

500 Dongchuan Rd., Shanghai 200241, China.

Tel: +86-021-54836003 Fax: +86-021-54836458

Impacts of tourism on coastal areas

Smith, T., Elrick-Barr, C., Thomsen, D., Celliers, L., & Le Tissier, M.

FEC co-Chair Prof. Tim Smith co-authored with FEC Fellow Carmen Elrick-Barr and former FEC Executive Director and current FEC Academy member Martin Le Tissier published a new paper that provides a critical reflection on coastal tourism globally.

The socioeconomics of the Anthropocene is exposing coastal regions to multiple pressures, including climate change hazards, resource degradation, urban development and inequality. Tourism is often raised as either a panacea to, or exacerbator of, such threats to ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods. To better understand the impacts of tourism on coastal areas, Scopus and Web of Science databases were searched for the top 100 cited papers on coastal tourism. Web of Science suggested ‘highly cited’ papers were also included to allow for more recent high-impact papers. Of the papers retrieved, 44 focused on the impacts of tourism. Social/cultural and environmental impacts were viewed as mostly negative, while economic impacts were viewed as mostly positive but only of actual benefit to a few. In addition, when compared with recent whole-of-sector reviews and reports it was evident that coastal tourism is increasingly a global enterprise dominated by large corporations that leverage various interests across local to transnational scales. Through this global enterprise, even the positive economic benefits identified were overshadowed by a broader system of land and property development fuelling local wealth inequity and furthering the interests of offshore beneficiaries. Only two highly cited papers discussed tourism within a broader context of integrated coastal zone management, suggesting that tourism is mostly assessed as a discrete sector within the coastal zone and peripheral to other coastal management considerations or the global tourism sector as a whole. The findings have relevance to the holistic management of coasts, coastal tourism and the achievement of sustainable development goals in a way that considers the increasing threats from coastal hazards, resource extraction and urbanisation, as well as the pervasive impacts of international business systems from local to global scales.

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Future Earth Experts Join Statement to COP15 Negotiators on Reversing Biodiversity Loss

A global coalition of biodiversity scientists is calling for the 2030 deadline not to be abandoned in the COP15 negotiations.

At the UN Biodiversity Conference (CoP15), happening now in Montreal, Canada, delegates from 196 countries are negotiating a new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to attempt to halt the rapid destruction of species worldwide.

Researchers, conservationists, and the public across the world are calling for this agreement to include ambitious goals to “Halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity and put nature on a path to recovery by 2030“. However, some actors have proposed that the target to halt and begin to reverse biodiversity loss should not be time-bound, as some components of biodiversity, such as trees or elephants, take decades to grow to maturity.

A global coalition of biodiversity scientists say that such a proposal would significantly weaken the ambition of the Global Biodiversity Framework, and reduce the pressure to reduce key drivers of biodiversity loss.

They have signed a statement urging that the 2030 deadline is not abandoned in the COP15 negotiations.

Read the statement and see all signatures on the Earth Commission website:

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Watch the press conference with David Obura, Tanya Steele, and Henry Grub:

Monsoon School "Generating Impact in Complex Natural Resource Contexts"

FEC partner Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) successfully ran a training course on co-design and development of transdisciplinary research projects in a Global North/South perspective from October 24 to November 1. The course brought together two dozen enthusiastic participants from around the world and addressed the development of a transdisciplinary research project plan with a particular emphasis on societal impact, combining theoretical lectures with practical examples and group exercises. It involved international experts from academia and practice as lecturers, and allowed the participants to develop a thorough understanding of theoretical concepts, methods, and practical application, while directly applying the material in case studies of their own choice. Topics covered include transdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary approaches, positionality and differences in perspectives, stakeholder mapping and engagement of diverse actors, equitable research collaborations and participation, effective science communication, and evaluation of transdisciplinary projects.

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Coastal Radar

Updates from FEC Academy:

Prof. Dr. Joyashree Roy

New Publication

Exploring Adaptive Capacity: Observations from the vulnerable human coastal environmental system of the Bay of Bengal in India

Abstract: This article presents the factors that help build the adaptive capacity of individuals to reduce vulnerability from natural threats. The findings are based on primary data on individuals engaged in various livelihood practices in the Digha-Sankarpur- Mandarmoni region along the eastern coastline of the Bay of Bengal in India. Coastal communities have their individual perceptions about their vulnerability to natural threats and associated risks to various assets. Based on perception survey responses, “adaptive capacity” is measured and the determining factors are analyzed with an aim to provide policy guidelines for strengthening the adaptive capacity of people dependent on coastal ecosystem-based livelihoods...

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A Systems Analysis Approach to Reduce Plastic Waste in Indonesian Societies (PISCES). 2021-2024

Leakage of plastic waste into the oceans and further dispersing into the environment via land-air pathways is posing a serious threat to marine food webs in Indonesia, causing physical and chemical contamination of every environmental compartment of the country. The project 'A Systems Analysis Approach to Reduce Plastic Waste in Indonesian Societies (PISCES) has Multiple Work Packages' funded by UK Research and Innovation - Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI- GCRF) aims to create ‘hope spots’ in Indonesia’s battle against plastic waste with the help of an international multi-disciplinary team.


The objective of the 'PISCES' project is to support the interdisciplinary research needed to understand and address the risks posed by plastic pollution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), and to explore evidence-based solutions and system change interventions, policies and regulations that can mitigate these risks, under a circular economy framework

Sponsor: UK Research and Innovation - Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI- GCRF)

Focus area as research partner :

(1) evaluation of socio-economic impacts of plastic waste debris on municipalities;

(2) focusing on drainage systems and socio-behavioral changes needed to reduce plastic pollution;

(3) how to strengthen system wide change by looking into economic and environmental costs and benefits.

Welcome New FEC Fellow Chinomnso Onwubiko

Miss Chinomnso Onwubiko is a PhD student studying Integrated Coastal Zone Management at the University of Cape Coast. Her research is the role of coastal ecosystems in protection against floods in coastal communities.

New FEC Publications

Datta, Satabdi, Roy Joyashree (2022) Exploring Adaptive Capacity: Observations from the vulnerable human coastal environmental system of the Bay of Bengal in India. Frontiers in Climate. Vol 4.

Smith, T., Elrick-Barr, C., Thomsen, D., Celliers, L., & Le Tissier, M. (2023). Impacts of tourism on coastal areas. Cambridge Prisms: Coastal Futures, 1, E5.

Laubenstein T, Smith TF, Hobday AJ, Pecl GT, Evans K, Fulton EA & O’Donnell T, 2023, ‘Threats to Australia's oceans and coasts: a systematic review’, Ocean & Coastal Management, 231 (published online 29 Oct 2022)

Li, Y., Robinson, S.V.J., Nguyen, L.H., Liu, J., 2023. Satellite prediction of coastal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Remote Sensing of Environment 284, 113346. 

Pereira, C.I.; Botero, C.M.; Ricaurte-Villota, C.; Coca, O.; Morales, D.; Cuker, B.; Milanes, C.B. Grounding the SHIELD Model for Tropical Coastal Environments. Sustainability 2022, 14, 12317.

Mabon L and Kawabe M (2022) 'Bring Voices from the Coast into the Fukushima Treated Water Debate' PNAS 119 (45) e2205431119.

Rölfer, L., Abson, D. J., Costa, M. M., Rosendo, S., Smith, T. F., & Celliers, L. (2022). Leveraging governance performance to enhance climate resilience. Earth's Future, 10. 

AM Foley, S Moncada, M Mycoo, P Nunn, V Tandrayen‐Ragoobur, ...Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 13 (3), e769

Peng, Y., Sengupta, D., Duan, Y., Chen, C., & Tian, B. (2022). Accurate mapping of Chinese coastal aquaculture ponds using biophysical parameters based on Sentinel-2 time series images. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 181, 113901.

Rölfer, L., Celliers, L., & Abson, D. J. (2022). Resilience and coastal governance: knowledge and navigation between stability and transformation. Ecology and Society, 27(2), 40.

Brendel, A.S., Ferrelli, F., Piccolo, M.C., Perillo, G.M.E., 2022. Procesamiento de datos satelitales ópticos y de radar para la detección de cambios morfométricos: el caso de la desembocadura del río Sauce Grande (Argentina). Caminhos de Geografia 23:85-94. DOI 10.14393/RCG238658189. ISSN 1678-6343.

Castiglioni, E., Gaucher, C., Perillo, G.M.E., Sial, A.N., 2022. Marine deposits of the Chuy Formation (Late Pleistocene) and isostatic readjustments in the area of Laguna de Rocha (Uruguay). Agrociencias 26:e799. doi:10.31285/AGRO.26.799.

FERREIRA, Alexander Cesar; LACERDA, Luiz Drude de. Mangrove restoration in ne brazil: a unified contribution to adapting to global climate change. Arquivo de Ciências do Mar, Fortaleza, v. 55, p. 219-230, 2022. Especial Labomar 60 anos.

Ferreira, A. C., Borges, R., & de Lacerda, L. D. (2022). Can Sustainable Development Save Mangroves?. Sustainability, 14(3), 1263.

Rölfer, L., Elias Ilosvay, X. E., Ferse, S., Jung, J., Karcher, D. B., Kriegl, M., ... & Walker, E. Z. (2022). Disentangling Obstacles to Knowledge Co-Production for Early-Career Researchers in the Marine Sciences. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9.

de Lacerda, L. D., Ward, R. D., Borges, R., & Ferreira, A. C. (2022). Mangrove Trace Metal Biogeochemistry Response to Global Climate Change. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 47.

Raikes, J., Smith, T. F., Baldwin, C., & Henstra, D. (2022). Disaster risk reduction and climate policy implementation challenges in Canada and Australia. Climate Policy, 1-15.

Elrick-Barr, C. E., & Smith, T. F. (2022). Current Information Provision Rarely Helps Coastal Households Adapt to Climate Change. Sustainability, 14(5), 2904.

Onselen, V. V., Lin, T. Y., Phu, V. L., & Bui, T. V. (2021, November). Observed Coastal Morphological Changes Associated with Coastal Engineering Works at Loc An Beach, South East Vietnam. In Vietnam Symposium on Advances in Offshore Engineering (pp. 537-544). Springer, Singapore.

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Anthropocene Coasts, the official journal supported by Future Earth Coasts, is archived by 17 databases, such as Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), SCOPUS, Google Scholar, Catalogue of Chinese High-Quality Sci-Tech Journals (Geosciences), CLOCKSS, CNKI, Wanfang, CNPIEC, Dimensions, EBSCO Discovery Service, Naver, EBSCO Discovery Service, OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service, Portico, ProQuest-ExLibris Primo, ProQuest-ExLibris Summon, TD Net Discovery Service.

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