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December 2023

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  • Future Earth Coasts and Commission on Coastal Systems Unite for Sustainable Coastal Futures
  • FEC Cyber-Coast Working Group Holds Successful Internal Meeting
  • FEC-IPO Ghana Hosts Successful 3rd Biennial Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment
  • FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists: Prof. Zhanghua Wang
  • Anticipating and transforming futures: a literature review on transdisciplinary coastal research in the Global South
  • Oceans and Human Society
  • Environmental Consequences and Management of Coastal Industries
  • Climate and mineral accretion as drivers of mineral-associated and particulate organic matter accumulation in tidal wetland soils
  • The Anthropocene Obscene: Poetic inquiry and evocative evidence of inequality
  • Updates from FEC Regional Engagement Partners: Continent-Ocean Materials Transfer
  • Updates from FEC Affiliated Projects: Monsoon School, the Scubaverse

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Future Earth Coasts and Commission on Coastal Systems Unite for Sustainable Coastal Futures

Future Earth Coasts is delighted to announce the partnership establishment with the Commission on Coastal Systems-International Geographical Union (CCS-IGU), a leading organization encouraging the study and exchange of information on coastal systems worldwide. This collaboration marks a significant step towards addressing the pressing challenges faced by coastal areas in the context of global change. Future Earth Coasts and the Commission on Coastal Systems believe that addressing complex coastal challenges requires a diverse and engaged community. The partnership aims to create a platform for coastal researchers, experts, and practitioners to come together, share their insights, and collectively work towards safeguarding coastal environments for future generations.

With this partnership between Future Earth Coasts and the Commission on Coastal Systems, we look forward to a future where coastal systems are thriving, resilient, and capable of sustaining both human societies and natural ecosystems. Together, we will listen, understand, and act to safeguard our precious coastal heritage for generations to come.

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FEC Cyber-Coast Working Group Holds Successful Internal Meeting on December 4th

The FEC Cyber-Coast working group successfully held its internal meeting on December 4th. The meeting addressed specific issues such as establishment of the ‘Emergent Engineering’ Sub-Group, potential funding opportunities and milestone workplan for 2024, reaffirming its commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and sustainability in coastal cybernetics.

At the start of the meeting, Dr. Jim van Belzen presented an overview of his ideas on “Emergent Engineering” for climate resilience, emphasizing the need to rethink conventional approaches. He highlighted the complexity and adaptability of natural ecosystems, citing examples from wetlands and salt marshes. Jim proposed a shift from the typical engineering mindset, focusing on causality, collectivity, and simplicity, to an emergent engineering approach that embraces randomness, decentralization, and adaptive learning. He suggested experimenting with diverse restoration structures and studying their effects on system functioning. Jim concluded by expressing interest in forming a working group to delve deeper into these ideas and explore innovative solutions for climate challenges.

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FEC-IPO Ghana Hosts Successful 3rd Biennial Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment

FEC-IPO Ghana, the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM-ACECoR) at the University of Cape Coast organized the 3rd Biennial Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment (CFCE) from November 6 to 8, at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in Accra, in partnership with the World Bank, WACA, Feed the Future Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity (USAID-FTFGFRA), and Vulnerability to Viability Global Partnership Program, among other partners.


Distinguished participants, encompassing marine scientists, policymakers, environmentalists, and industry experts, gathered under the thematic umbrella of "Inclusive Blue Economy in Africa: Towards Sustainable Transformation and Resilience of the Marine Environment." The conference inauguration featured keynote addresses from eminent figures, notably Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, as well as Prof. Rosemond Boohene, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

The CFCE preceded the inaugural lecture of the director of FEC-IPO Ghana, Professor Denis Aheto, on the theme: Our Oceans: Securing Our Common Future Through Transformative Research. The centre also commissioned the World Bank sponsored ACECoR multipurpose building which is expected to host the proposed Africa Ocean Institute, in Ghana.

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FEC Dialogue Interview Series

FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists

“More individuals, regardless of gender, can engage in scientific research driven by their curiosity and passion, as reflected in my own journey. Female scientists, in particular, should be able to make choices based on their interests rather than being hindered by gender considerations.”

– Prof. Zhanghua Wang

Q: For undergraduate students involved in scientific research, GIS and remote sensing are becoming increasingly popular, while geology is relatively niche. As a paleogeologist, what is your opinion on this trend? Do you have any advice for the undergraduates navigating these choices?

A: As the times change and technology advances, what is considered mainstream is in constant flux...

Zhanghua Wang, professor at State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, specializes in late Quaternary sea-level fluctuations, estuary-delta evolution and human-environment interactions.

Her remarkable contributions include significant insights into understanding the responses of estuarine-deltaic sedimentary landforms to global climate-sea level changes and human activities in river basins, as well as the environmental evolution of the Yangtze River Estuary-Hangzhou Bay coastal zone and the succession of Neolithic cultures. Particularly noteworthy are her findings on the late sea-level rise event and flooding disasters during the late Liangzhu culture. Her findings propose crucial environmental factors that triggered the collapse of the ancient Liangzhu state. These findings were featured in the CCTV documentary “Liangzhu”. Her work has been published in international journals such as Earth Science Reviews, Quaternary Science Reviews, Marine Geology, Journal of Quaternary Science, The Holocene, and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

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FEC New Publications

Anticipating and transforming futures: a literature review on transdisciplinary coastal research in the Global South

Lilly Baumanna, Maraja Riechersa,b, Louis Celliersa,c and Sebastian C. A. Ferse

Dr. Sebastian Ferse


Anticipation of futures using transdisciplinary approaches is critical to provide the basis for appropriate action to cope with current and future risks and to foster sustainability transformations. Coasts in the Global South in particular are subjected to severe environmental and societal challenges exacerbated by climate change. Yet, traditional research methods and epistemologies may not reflect the need for envisioning radically different sustainable futures. To gain an overview of and identify gaps in the current practices of transformational transdisciplinary research in coastal regions of the Global South, we conducted a systematic literature review of empirical English-language research articles (n = 256). Our results showed that most of the articles reviewed focused on past and current state analysis. Those articles using anticipation methods rarely analysed or established a link between anticipation and sustainability transformation. Yet, transdisciplinary and anticipation research have synergistic effects to foster sustainability transformation. A combination of these approaches may integrate pluralistic voices and values of stakeholders and foster potential alternative visions to counter unsustainable narratives. Thereby, the visions for possible futures may become more inclusive and reflective of realities in the Global South. Anticipation of the future using transdisciplinary approaches can provide a basis for adaptive management of future environmental and societal challenges. It may provide the knowledge-base which can be used to identify, reduce or prevent governance actions that result in undesirable states of the future. The inclusion of anticipation and foresight in transdisciplinary research creates the potential for achieving or progressing towards innovative and sustainable visions of the future.

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Oceans and Human Society

Gao S, 2023. Oceans and Human Society. Shanghai Science and Technology Press, Shanghai, 362pp.


Oceans and Human Society belongs to an undergraduate “General Education Course” system offered by Nanjing University, designed to span 20 to 30 class hours. The interdisciplinary courses are designed to cultivate students’ comprehensive mastery of human knowledge.

Prof. Shu Gao

In such courses, the entire knowledge system is divided into a series of different modules, each encompassing multiple courses that interweave the core concepts of the module throughout. By taking one or two courses in each module, students can achieve a multiplier effect and complete the learning of all modules in a condensed timeframe.

If we consider Earth science, including disciplines such as geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geography, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and more. as a module, then the commonalities among its various courses are as follows: (1) extensive spans of time and spatial scales, with different controlling mechanisms at different scales; (2) multiple influencing factors in the Earth system, with phenomena exhibiting multiple interpretations; and (3) the unique value of field or on-site observations. As part of the Earth system module, this course utilizes marine science and its applications as a means to demonstrate the significance of spatial-temporal scales, system characteristics, and the importance of on-site work.

Marine science itself constitutes a complex knowledge system. Therefore, this course strives to encapsulate essential points and theoretical frameworks within marine science. Historically, principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology were transposed into ocean exploration, resulting in sub-disciplines such as physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology and marine geology. These later merged into modern marine science, characterized by the evolution of Earth systems, global climate change, the evolution of life systems, and the methodology of data analysis.

Beyond marine science, one can also view the ocean from engineering, historical, economic, and social perspectives, involving issues such as marine economics and social development, resource environment and ecology, global climate change mitigation, maritime land and rights, and maritime law. Only by integrating marine science into these fields can effective solutions be discerned.

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Environmental Consequences and Management of Coastal Industries

Terms and Concepts

Volume 3 in Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Series

Book • 2023

Edited by:

Michael Elliott and Andrew Wither

Prof. Michael Elliott

About the book


Environmental Consequences and Management of Coastal Industries: Terms and Concepts covers the engineering, natural and social sciences aspects related to coastal power plants and their operation and management. The book gives background to featured problems and solutions, making it relevant to power plants in all global situations and giving practitioners what they need to assess environmental consequences. In addition, the book indicates, defines and illustrates the terms and concepts used worldwide. This is important as engineers and scientists often have an imperfect understanding of the requirements of each other, and similar (in some cases identical) terms may have very different meanings.

Users will find this to be a simple and accessible guide to the terminology used and concepts covered. Individual entries are complete in themselves, but still cross referenced to other entries where additional information may be found. This provides quick-and-easy access to the required information.

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Climate and mineral accretion as drivers of mineral-associated and particulate organic matter accumulation in tidal wetland soils

Chuancheng Fu, Yuan Li, Lin Zeng, Chen Tu, Xiaoli Wang, Haiqing Ma, Leilei Xiao, Peter Christie, Yongming Luo

Prof. Yongming Luo


Tidal wetlands sequester vast amounts of organic carbon (OC) and enhance soil accretion. The conservation and restoration of these ecosystems is becoming increasingly geared toward “blue” carbon sequestration while obtaining additional benefits, such as buffering sea-level rise and enhancing biodiversity. However, the assessments of blue carbon sequestration focus primarily on bulk SOC inventories and often neglect OC fractions and their drivers; this limits our understanding of the mechanisms controlling OC storage and opportunities to enhance blue carbon sinks. Here, we determined

Dr. Chen Tu

mineral-associated and particulate organic matter (MAOM and POM, respectively) in 99 surface soils and 40 soil cores collected from Chinese mangrove and saltmarsh habitats across a broad range of climates and accretion rates and showed how previously unrecognized mechanisms of climate and mineral accretion regulated MAOM and POM accumulation in tidal wetlands. MAOM concentrations (8.0 ± 5.7 g C kg−1) (±standard deviation) were significantly higher than POM concentrations (4.2 ± 5.7 g C kg−1) across the different soil depths and habitats. MAOM contributed over 51.6 ± 24.9% and 78.9 ± 19.0% to OC in mangrove and saltmarsh soils, respectively; both exhibited lower autochthonous contributions but higher contributions from terrestrial or marine sources than POM, which was derived primarily from autochthonous sources. Increased input of plant-derived organic matter along the increased temperature and precipitation gradients significantly enriched the POM concentrations. In contrast, the MAOM concentrations depended on climate, which controlled the mineral reactivity and mineral–OC interactions, and on regional sedimentary processes that could redistribute the reactive minerals. Mineral accretion diluted the POM concentrations and potentially enhanced the MAOM concentrations depending on mineral composition and whether the mineral accretion benefited plant productivity. Therefore, management strategies should comprehensively consider regional climate while regulating sediment supply and mineral abundance with engineering solutions to tap the OC sink potential of tidal wetlands.

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The Anthropocene Obscene: Poetic inquiry and evocative evidence of inequality

Dana C. ThomsenTimothy F. SmithCarmen E. Elrick-Barr

Dr. Carmen Elrick-Barr


Poetic inquiry is used to highlight contrasting lived experiences of vulnerability and worsening socio-ecological outcomes among Australia's fastest growing coastal communities. Our approach interweaves multiple participant voices across local and national scales to juxtapose the contrasts of inequality, enmesh social and ecological experiences, and ask reflexive questions of audiences. We offer an evocative portrayal of inequality to the growing body of work demonstrating that unequal and intensifying vulnerabilities are created and sustained through complicated, non-adaptive and hierarchical social systems. We demonstrate that poetic inquiry can interrogate complex system phenomena and broad concepts, such as the Anthropocene, to distil critical and systemic issues while retaining undeniable connections with the deeply personal implications of socio-ecological change. Hence, poetic inquiry can serve analytical and descriptive purposes towards an emotional and political aesthetic providing a compelling reorientation from more conventional modes of inquiry and representation. In this study, the misuse of power and privilege in the Anthropocene is reduced and revealed as the Obscene.

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Coastal Radar

Updates from FEC Regional Engagement Partners

Continent-Ocean Materials Transfer (INCT-TMCOcean)

INCT-TMCOcean Phase III approved

Building on a workshop held by the National Institutes of Science Technology Program of the Brazilian Ministry of Science & Technology Meeting, at Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil in 2011, former LOICZ’s Secretary Dr. Hartwig Kremer associated the project “Transfer Material on Interface Continent – Ocean” (INCT-TMCOcean) funded by the Brazilian National Council of Science and Technological (CNPq), under the coordination of FEC Academy Member, Prof. Luiz Drude de Lacerda, and invited to create a LOICZ Regional Node. Dr. Carlos Eduardo Rezende and Dr. Marcos A. Pedlowski were selected as the coordinator and vice-coordinator of the Regional Node. Since then, the Node has worked to integrate research groups from across South America, including Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. More recently, another Node was stablished in the Argentine Institute of Oceanography (IADO) in Bahia Blanca, under the coordination of FEC member Prof. Gerardo Perillo.

After some years of difficulties in science funding by the Brazilian government, that hampered most actions of the INCT-TMCOcean Phase II, in 2023, the INCT-TMCOcean, now in its Phase III, received enough funding to restart its association with the now Future Earth Coasts. We intend, in association with the IADO Node, to carry on our efforts on the integration of South America researchers and institutions to participate in international and multilateral initiatives towards an upscaling of our understanding of the continent-ocean transfer processes and their human dimensions.

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Updates from FEC Affiliated Projects

Monsoon School 

From 1. – 10. November 2023, IOI partner Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) successfully conducted a training course on the co-design and development of transdisciplinary research projects in a Global North/South perspective. The course brought together around twenty enthusiastic participants from around the world, particularly from African and Asian countries, and focused on developing a transdisciplinary research project plan with a particular emphasis on societal impact.

Participants were able to develop a thorough understanding of theoretical concepts, methods and practical application while directly applying the material in case studies of their choice. Topics covered include transdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary approaches, positionality and diverse perspectives, stakeholder mapping and engagement, impact planning, equitable research collaboration and participation, conflict management and work in conflict environments, effective science communication and evaluation of transdisciplinary projects.

The ScubaVerse

From November 30 to December 7, Eric Hansel, founder of the Scubaverse, attended COP 28 in the UAE as both a Board Member for Earth Child Institute, Inc. and the CEO of the Scubaverse. 


On December 6, the Scubaverse took center stage during a side event in the blue zone, emphasizing youth leadership, climate action, and technological and green finance. Eric’s segment begins at 32 minutes and 30 seconds into the video, accessible at this link. During this session, Eric discussed Scubaverse new mobile game, “Scubaverse Revival Island”, which aims to link gameplay to real-world actions through Web3 technology and NFTs.

On December 7, Eric participated in a panel at an investor-focused event. During this event, he had the opportunity to connect with the President and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Palau, who expressed initial interest in collaborating with the Scubaverse to preserve heritage and engage people with the country's biodiversity through gaming.

New FEC Publications

○ Alarcón Borges, R. Y., Pérez Montero, O., Tejera, R. G., Silveira, M. T. D., Montoya, J. C., Hernández Mestre, D., ... & Milanes, C. B. (2023). Legal Risk in the Management of Forest Cover in a River Basin San Juan, Cuba. Land, 12(4), 842.

○  Alice Newton, Michele Mistri, Angel Pérez-Ruzafa and Sofia Reizopoulou. (2023). Editorial: Ecosystem services, biodiversity, and water quality in transitional ecosystems, Front. Ecol. Evol., Volume 11.

○  Baumann, L., Riechers, M., Celliers, L., & Ferse, S. C. (2023). Anticipating and transforming futures: a literature review on transdisciplinary coastal research in the Global South. Ecosystems and People19(1), 2288957.

○  Bezerra, Moisés & Goyanna, Felipe & Lacerda, Luiz. (2023). Risk assessment of human Hg exposure through consumption of fishery products in Ceará state, northeastern Brazil. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 189. 114713. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.114713.

○  Botero, C. M., Palacios, M. A., Souza Filho, J. R., & Milanes, C. B. (2023). Beach litter in three South American countries: A baseline for restarting monitoring and cleaning after COVID-19 closure. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 191, 114915.

○  Brempong, E. K., Almar, R., Angnuureng, D. B., Mattah, P. A. D., Jayson-Quashigah, P.-N., Antwi-Agyakwa, K. T., & Charuka, B. (2023). Coastal Flooding Caused by Extreme Coastal Water Level at the World Heritage Historic Keta City (Ghana, West Africa). Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 11(6), 1144. MDPI AG.

○ Brendel, Andrea & Ferrelli, Federico & Echeverria, María & Piccolo, Maria & Perillo, Gerardo. (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. 

○ Carmen E. Elrick-Barr, Julian Clifton, Michael Cuttler, Craig Perry, Abbie A. Rogers, Understanding coastal social values through citizen science: The example of Coastsnap in Western Australia, Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 238, 2023, 106563, ISSN 0964-5691,

○  Castiglioni, Eduardo & Gaucher, Claudio & Perillo, Gerardo & Sial, Alcides. (2022). Marine deposits of the Chuy Formation (Late Pleistocene) and isostatic readjustments in the area of Laguna de Rocha (Uruguay). Agrociencia Uruguay. 26.

○  Celliers, Louis & Manez Costa, Maria & Rölfer, Lena & Aswani Canela, Shankar & Ferse, Sebastian. (2023). Social innovation that connects people to coasts in the Anthropocene. Cambridge Prisms: Coastal Futures. 1. 1-22. 10.1017/cft.2023.12.

○  Charuka, B., Angnuureng, D. B., Brempong, E. K., Agblorti, S. K., & Agyakwa, K. T. A. (2023). Assessment of the integrated coastal vulnerability index of Ghana toward future coastal infrastructure investment plans. Ocean & Coastal Management, 244, 106804.

○  Chen, Y., Deng, B., Zhang, G., Zhang, W., & Gao, S. (2023). Response of Shallow Gas‐Charged Holocene Deposits in the Yangtze Delta to Meter‐Scale Erosion Induced by Diminished Sediment Supply: Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 128(1), e2022JF006631.

○  Cunha, J., Cabecinha, E., Villasante, S., Balbi, S., Elliott, M., Ramos, S., (2023) Defining hotspots and coldspots of regulating and maintenance ecosystem services is key to effective marine management – an assessment of a coastal-open sea gradient, Portugal. Ocean & Coastal Management, 245: 106876;

○  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. 4. 1007780. 

○  Davranche, A., Arzel, C., Pouzet, P., Carrasco, A. R., Lefebvre, G., Lague, D., ... & Poulin, B. (2023). A multi-sensor approach to monitor the ongoing restoration of edaphic conditions for salt marsh species facing sea level rise: An adaptive management case study in Camargue, France. Science of the Total Environment, 168289.

○  Day, J. W., Hall, C. A., Klitgaard, K., Gunn, J. D., Ko, J. Y., & Burger, J. R. (2023). The coming perfect storm: Diminishing sustainability of coastal human-natural systems in the Anthropocene. Cambridge Prisms: Coastal Futures, 1, e35.

○  Elegbede, I. O., Lawal-Are, A., Oloyede, R., Sanni, R. O., Jolaosho, T. L., Goussanou, A., & Ngo-Massou, V. M. (2023). Proximate, minerals, carotenoid and trypsin inhibitor composition in the exoskeletons of seafood gastropods and their potentials for sustainable circular utilisation. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 13064.

○  Elegbede, I., Lawal-Are, A., Favour, O. et al. Chemical compositions of bivalves shells: Anadara senilis, Crassostrea gasar, and Mytilus edulis and their potential for a sustainable circular economy. SN Appl. Sci. 5, 44 (2023).

○  Elegbede, I., Zurba, M., Hameed, A., & Campbell, C. (2023). Gaps and Challenges in Harnessing the Benefits and Opportunities of Indigenous Certification for a Sustainable Communal Commercial Lobster Fishery. Environmental Management, 1-20.

○  Elliott M. (2023). Marine Ecosystem Services and Integrated Management: "There's a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"!. Marine pollution bulletin, 193, 115177. Advance online publication.

○  Elliott, M., Borja, Á., & Cormier, R. (2023). Managing marine resources sustainably–Ecological, societal and governance connectivity, coherence and equivalence in complex marine transboundary regions. Ocean & Coastal Management, 245, 106875.

○  Elliott, M., Wither, A., (Eds.) (2024). Environmental Consequences and Management of Coastal Industries: Terms and Concepts. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Paperback ISBN: 9780443137525, eBook ISBN: 9780443137532, pp 371.

○  Elrick-Barr CE, Clifton J, Cuttler M, Perry C & Rogers AA (2023). Understanding coastal social values through citizen science: The example of Coastsnap in Western Australia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 238, 106563.

○  Elrick-Barr, C. E., Smith, T. F., & Thomsen, D. C. (2024). Is ‘hope’helpful or a hinderance? Implications for coastal governance. Ocean & Coastal Management248, 106953.

○  Feng, Y., Tu, C., Li, R., Wu, D., Yang, J., Xia, Y., ... & Luo, Y. (2023). A systematic review of the impacts of exposure to micro-and nano-plastics on human tissue accumulation and health. Eco-Environment & Health.

○  Foley, Aideen & Moncada, Stefano & Mycoo, Michelle & Nunn, Patrick & Tandrayen-Ragoobur, Verena & Evans, Christopher. (2022). Small Island Developing States in a post‐pandemic world: Challenges and opportunities for climate action. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 13. 

○  Fu, C., Li, Y., Tu, C., Hu, J., Zeng, L., Qian, L., ... & Luo, Y. (2023). Dynamics of trace element enrichment in blue carbon ecosystems in relation to anthropogenic activities. Environment International, 180, 108232.

○  Fu, C., Li, Y., Zeng, L., Tu, C., Wang, X., Ma, H., ... & Luo, Y. (2024). Climate and mineral accretion as drivers of mineralassociated and particulate organic matter accumulation in tidal wetland soils. Global Change Biology30(1), e17070.

○  Gallo Velez, David & Restrepo, Juan & Newton, Alice. (2023). Assessment of the Magdalena River delta socio-ecological system through the Circles of Coastal Sustainability framework. Frontiers in Earth Science. 11. 10.3389/feart.2023.1058122.

○  Guzmán, D. H., Mier, R. L., Vergara, A., & Milanes, C. B. (2023). Marine protected areas in Colombia: A historical review of legal marine protection since the late 1960 s to 2023. Marine Policy, 155, 105726.

○  Harvey N & Smith TF, 2023, 'Key lessons from new perspectives on Australian coastal management', Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 239, 15 May 2023, 106581

○  Hawkins, S. J., Todd, P. A., Russell, B. D., Lemasson, A. J., Allcock, A. L., Byrne, M., ... & Swearer, S. E. (2023). Review of the Central and South Atlantic Shelf and Deep-Sea Benthos: Science, Policy, and Management. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An annual review. Volume 61, 61, 127-218.

○  Huddleston, P., Smith, T. F., White, I., & Elrick-Barr, C. (2023). What influences the adaptive capacity of coastal critical infrastructure providers?. Urban Climate, 48, 101416.

○ Lange, M., Cabana, D., Ebeling, A., Ebinghaus, R., Joerss, H., Rölfer, L., & Celliers, L. (2023). Climate-smart socially innovative tools and approaches for marine pollution science in support of sustainable development. Cambridge Prisms: Coastal Futures, 1, E23.

○  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., Fu, C., Hu, J., Zeng, L., Tu, C., & Luo, Y. (2023). Soil Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Stoichiometry and Fractions in Blue Carbon Ecosystems: Implications for Carbon Accumulation in Allochthonous-Dominated Habitats. Environmental Science & Technology57(14), 5913-5923.

○  Li, Y., Fu, C., Wang, W., Zeng, L., Tu, C., & Luo, Y. (2023). An overlooked soil carbon pool in vegetated coastal ecosystems: National-scale assessment of soil organic carbon stocks in coastal shelter forests of China. Science of The Total Environment876, 162823.

○  Li, Yingjie & Robinson, Samuel & Nguyen, Lan & Liu, Jianguo. (2023). Satellite prediction of coastal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Remote Sensing of Environment. 284. 113346. 

○  International Science Council, 2023. Global Sea-level Rise: ISC Policy Brief. Coordination: Seag, M., Contributors: Lebbe, T.B., Church, J., Colleoni, F., Elliott, M., Hinkel, J., Jacot des Combes, H., Mycoo, M., Naish, T., Post, J., Scobie, A., Stevance, A.S., Thomas, A., van de Wal, R., Webster, D.G. ISC Liaison to the UN System, International Science Council, 5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75116, Paris, France. 

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

○  Madhanagopal, D. (2023). Local Adaptation to Climate Change in South India: Challenges and the Future in the Tsunami-hit Coastal Regions. Taylor & Francis.

○  Mestanza-Ramón, C., Monar-Nuñez, J., Guala-Alulema, P., Montenegro-Zambrano, Y., Herrera-Chávez, R., Milanes, C. B., ... & Toledo-Villacís, M. (2023). A Review to Update the Protected Areas in Ecuador and an Analysis of Their Main Impacts and Conservation Strategies. Environments, 10(5), 79.

○  Newton A, Mistri M, Pérez-Ruzafa A and Reizopoulou S (2023) Editorial: Ecosystem services, biodiversity, and water quality in transitional ecosystems. Front. Ecol. Evol. 11:1136750.

○  Ollivier, M. E. L., Newton, A., & Kelsey, H. (2023). Social-Ecological analysis of the eutrophication in Chesapeake Bay, United States of America. Frontiers in Marine Science.

○  Pauli, Natasha & Clifton, Julian & Elrick-Barr, Carmen. (2023). Evaluating marine areas in Fiji. Nature Sustainability. 10.1038/s41893-023-01136-2.

○  Peng, Ya & Sengupta, Dhritiraj & Yuanqiang, Duan & Chunpeng, Chen & Tian, Bo. (2022). Accurate mapping of Chinese coastal aquaculture ponds using biophysical parameters based on Sentinel-2 time series images. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 181. 113901. 

○  Pereira CI, Botero CM, Ricaurte-Villota C, Coca O, Morales D, Cuker B, Milanes CB. Grounding the SHIELD Model for Tropical Coastal Environments. Sustainability. 2022; 14(19):12317.

○  Pickering K, Pearce T, Manuel L, Doran B & Smith T, 2023, 'Socio-ecological challenges and food security in the 'salad bowl' of Fiji, Sigatoka Valley'. Regional Environmental Change, 23, 61.

○  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.

○  Rölfer, Lena & Celliers, Louis & Abson, David. (2022). Resilience and coastal governance: knowledge and navigation between stability and transformation. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 27. 

○  Sengupta, D., Choi, Y. R., Tian, B., Brown, S., Meadows, M., Hackney, C. R., ... & Zhou, Y. (2023). Mapping 21st century global coastal land reclamation. Earth's Future, 11(2), e2022EF002927.

○  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.

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FEC Official Journal

Anthropocene Coasts

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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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Special Collection: Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Changjiang Delta


Maotian LiEast China Normal University, China

Hualong LuanChangjiang River Scientific Research Institute, China

Ling Ding, Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute, China

Lou Fei, CCCC-Shanghai Waterway Engineering Design and Consulting Co., Ltd, China

The Changjiang Delta is China's most economically active region, having extensive international links and a history of rapid innovation and development. However, this sustained high-intensity development has led to the degradation of the region's resources, environment, and ecology and now threatens the continued growth and development of the region. Understanding the interaction of human activities with the natural environment is central to being able address these problems and move forward in a more sustainable way. To support this endeavor, we are organizing a Special Collection entitled "Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Changjiang Delta". For this special collection we are interested in papers that address emerging issues behind the conservation and restoration of the Changjiang Delta, alongside the continued use and development of the region. We envisage that this collection will inform the debate on the sustainable development of the Changjiang Delta region, as well as providing insights that are relevant to the sustainable development of deltas around the world.


The submissions should address any of the following aspect of the river-estuarine-coastal system.

1. Eco-geomorphological response and disasters to multiple stresses.

2. Resource allocation to deliver a balanced approach to protection, development and utilisation.

3. Measures to support ecological protection and restoration.

4. Engineering and planning for sustainable development within the delta.

5. Observations, monitoring and early warning systems to support sustainable development.

6. Modelling (physical and numerical) and forecasting for delta regions.

7. Management, assessment and policy analysis to promote sustainable development.

8. Use of artificial intelligence / machine learning to support any of the above needs.


Keywords: estuarine coast; resource environment; ecological protection; disaster prevention and mitigation; engineering and planning; observation and early warning; simulation and prediction; assessment and management.


Manuscript Submission Option: Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Changjiang Delta


Anthropocene Coasts is especially interested in studies that bridge basic theoretical research and management sciences. We encourage submissions from all over the world. The page charges for this Special Collection are covered by East China Normal University.



  • Oct. 7th 2023: Call for Paper Opens; submit manuscripts for 2x independent review
  • Mar. 31th 2024: Manuscript submission deadline


  • Nov.10th 2022: Decision to proceed / not proceed with SI
  • Dec. 1st 2022: Open call for abstracts Opens
  • Jun. 30th 2023: Open call for abstracts closes; submit MS for 2x independent review
  • Oct. 30th 2023: Manuscript submission deadline

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Special Issue: Coastal hazard risk in the Anthropocene



Bruce Glavovic, Massey University, New Zealand

Robert J. Nicholls, University of East Anglia, UK

For this Special Issue, Anthropocene Coasts invites manuscripts that focus on coastal hazard risk in the Anthropocene, including ecological, cultural, social, economic, and governance (including political, administrative, policy and legal) considerations.


  • Dec. 1st 2023: Open call for abstracts closes; submit MS for 2x independent review
  • June 30th 2024: Manuscript submission deadline

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