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January 2024

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  • Calling for Applications - FEC Small Grant Program
  • FEC's Interactive Roundtable “Empowering Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) in the UN Ocean Decade”
  • United Nations - The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship Programme
  • Vision 2030 Calls for Public Review
  • Calling for Experts to Assist the Decade Coordination Unit and IOC/UNESCO Secretariat
  • Inclusive Conservation - Series Overview
  • FEC Dialogue: Meet the Fellows
  • A cockle-induced bioturbation model and its impact on sediment erodibility: A meta-analysis
  • 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
  • Marine microdebris pollution in sediments from three environmental coastal areas in the southwestern Argentine Atlantic
  • Dynamics of trace element enrichment in blue carbon ecosystems in relation to anthropogenic activities
  • Is ‘hope’ helpful or a hinderance? Implications for coastal governance
  • Updates from FEC Academy Members: Prof. Dr. Gerardo M.E. Perillo Leads Wave-Measuring Buoy Deployment in Research Project Pampa Azul
  • Updates from FEC Affiliated Projects: Resilient Lagoon Network, Novara One Planet, The Scubaverse
  • Updates from FEC Supported Networks: IGU-CCS, The Early Career Ocean Professionals Programme

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Calling for Applications - FEC Small Grant Program

Future Earth Coasts (FEC) is a global sustainability, research and innovation network that promotes knowledge sharing and action towards implementing our vision for healthy oceans and coasts for a just and environmentally sustainable future. It is first and foremost a platform to integrate communities of science and society to co-design methodologies and approaches for the co-production of knowledge that will lead to more sustainable practices of use and development of the world’s coastal zones.

The FEC Small Grant program targets both individuals and teams of 3 to 5 Early Career Professionals that present a proposal aiming to increase their ability to understand, predict and/or manage the effects of human activities, including climate change, on estuarine and coastal regions. The program welcomes applications from both individual and group applicants.

Annually, the FEC Small Grant program will award one or more grants, totaling €1500. The number of awards will depend on the funds available in the FEC Budget for the year of the award.

As researchers in less developed countries are at a disadvantage because of the lack of sufficient funds, equipment, or opportunities, the FEC Small Grant Program is designed to help individuals and small teams that need to improve further their capability to reach their goals.

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FEC's Interactive Roundtable “Empowering Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) in the UN Ocean Decade” Held on January 11, 2024

Future Earth Coasts (FEC) recently hosted an interactive roundtable titled "Empowering Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) in the UN Ocean Decade" on January 11, 2024. This Interactive Roundtable fostered productive discussions regarding the pivotal role of ECRs in advancing the objectives of the UN Ocean Decade. Five ECRs from East China Normal University’s State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) shared insights on essential skills for navigating marine science challenges, explored the impact of their research on ocean sustainability, and expressed expectations for future endeavors in their respective fields.

In the discussion, participants emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between researchers in different fields to foster a comprehensive understanding of ocean ecosystems. “The roundtable provided a platform for young scientists to exchange ideas, with young individuals from different countries and fields sharing their stories. It gave us the opportunity to sit down, contemplate, and discuss how our research can contribute to goal of UN Ocean Decade” said Ning Zhao, a young researcher who participated in the roundtable. Regarding the role of technology, such as AI, in advancing ocean science in the next decade, participants agreed that AI holds exciting possibilities for the next decade in advancing our understanding of ocean science. Staying attuned to these developments will be crucial in steering the course toward a more informed and effective approach to ocean science and conservation. Young researcher Zhixuan Feng summarized, “The youth are the future of marine science and an indispensable part in the implementation of the United Nations Ocean Decade. This roundtable session encouraged diverse voices from around the world, fostering exchange and mutual learning. ”

This campus event sparked enthusiasm and garnered attention from academia and young researchers, infusing new vitality and motivation into nurturing a generation of scientists passionate about marine affairs and dedicated to sustainable development.

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United Nations - The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship Programme

Call for applications for the 2024 session of the Fellowship Programme

The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations (“OLA/DOALOS”), is now accepting applications for the 2024 session of the United Nations - The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship Programme. 

The objective of the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship is to assist developing States, particularly least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries to address identified strategic needs in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related instruments, as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 and other related SDGs. The Fellowship is targeted at Government officials with limited background in ocean affairs and the law of the sea who are filling key positions in their Administration and who are tasked to address the needs referred to above.

Selected Fellows participate in a four-month training programme based on a foundation curriculum, integrated by a highly customized individual curriculum developed in consultation with the nominating State, at OLA/DOALOS at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Vision 2030 Calls for Public Review

A milestone initiative of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (‘Ocean Decade’), Vision 2030 is a strategic ambition setting process which aims to identify a common measure of success for each of the Ocean Decade Challenges.

Led by 10 Working Groups, one per Challenge, the White Papers are the result of several months of collaborative work initiated in early 2023. They outline a comprehensive and visionary strategic ambition based on user needs, priority datasets, residual gaps in science, as well as scientific knowledge, resources or infrastructure, partnerships, capacity development, technology solutions and infrastructure required for each Challenge to ensure that it can be fulfilled by 2030.

Between 22 January and 22 February 2024, Vision 2030 is inviting the public to participate in the review process of the draft White Papers developed by the 10 Working Groups.

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Calling for Experts to Join a New Roster to Assist the Decade Coordination Unit and IOC/UNESCO Secretariat

Registration is via self-nomination on a rolling basis. Registered individuals will be invited periodically to review and scope processes. Once registered on the Expert Roster, they will be invited to participate in different activities and discussions around the three above mentioned roles throughout the life of the Ocean Decade. Expertise sought should align with the 10 Decade Challenges, as well as with co-design, partnership building and capacity development. Registration from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs), and women are particularly encouraged.

Interested individuals who would like to participate in the Expert Roster are kindly asked to join the Ocean Decade Network and access the online form in the Take Action section. Please note that membership of the Expert Roster is on a voluntary basis and will not be remunerated.

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Inclusive Conservation - Series Overview

Inclusive conservation—conservation that acknowledges and supports the rights, needs, visions, voices, and leadership of local populations and communities in the protection and management of nature—is key to achieving positive outcomes for both biodiversity and people. Indeed, those working toward global conservation goals broadly recognize the need to embrace inclusive conservation.

In recent years, conservation organizations have made concerted efforts to promote equitable governance, adopt human rights-based approaches, and advance Indigenous Peoples and local community-led conservation. This work requires integrating insights into diverse community perspectives, cultural values, knowledge systems, and local approaches to conservation. Even with these efforts, there are still substantive knowledge and capacity gaps in how to move inclusive conservation forward.

Bridging the theoretical with the practical, this seminar series will help the broader conservation community advance its inclusive conservation efforts and provide insights from science for policy and practice. Topics will include human rights, gender, human well-being, governance, Indigenous-led conservation, culture, and inclusive conservation science.

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FEC Dialogue Interview Series

FEC Dialogue: Meet the Fellows

Future Earth Coasts (FEC) takes pride in its vibrant community of FEC Fellows, a dynamic network of early to mid-career researchers committed to ensuring healthy coasts and oceans for a just and environmentally sustainable future. The FEC Fellows Program provides a platform for collaboration, idea exchange, and research pursuits among scientists, practitioners, and stakeholders engaged in relevant FEC activities. To foster a deeper connection within our community and showcase the diverse talents and experiences of our Fellows, we are thrilled to launch an interview series titled “FEC Dialogue: Meet the Fellows.”

The primary aim of “FEC Dialogue: Meet the Fellows” is to amplify the voices of our outstanding early to mid-career researchers, offering them an opportunity to share their research interests, experiences, and insights. Through these interviews, we seek to inspire and engage the broader scientific and stakeholder community while providing valuable perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of being an early to mid-career researcher.

“FEC Dialogue: Meet the Fellows” is not just an interview series; it is a celebration of the passion, dedication, and diverse perspectives that define our FEC Fellows. Through these dialogues, we hope to illuminate the exciting journey of early to mid-career researchers and contribute to the collective wisdom that drives our commitment to a sustainable future.

FEC New Publications

A cockle-induced bioturbation model and its impact on sediment erodibility: A meta-analysis

Amélie Lehuen, Francis Orvain


Modelling the dynamics of an estuary and the evolution of its morphology requires a process-based description not only of the physical processes, but also of the influence of benthic fauna on sediment characteristics at ecosystem scale. A meta-analysis was tested as an approach for modelling the effect of bioturbation exerted by the cockle Cerastoderma edule on sediment erodibility.

Dr. Amélie Lehuen

Six different erosion flume datasets were collected to ensure a broad range of experimental conditions including bed shear stress, population characteristics, and sediment composition. First, a model was built to describe the biogenic fluff layer created by C. edule activity in relation to (i) bioturbation activity using the population metabolic rate [mW·m−2] as a proxy for faunal metabolic energy, and (ii) the silt content [%] of the sediment. Second, different erosion models were compared by testing parameterization steps incorporating both erosion of the fluff layer and/or mass erosion of the sediment bed. Structural differences in the flumes and in the preparation of samples in the six different datasets makes it difficult to propose a single model that satisfactorily simulates all the data and encompasses both types of subsequent erosion, that of the fluff layer and that of the underlying consolidated bed. However, a generic model is proposed for the surficial fluff layer erosion covering a moderate range of bed shear stress (<1 Pa). This study shows that including several datasets covering a wide range of environmental conditions is a key to the robustness of this model, and that new insights can be gained by integrating the complexity of sediment features. We expect that this two-part model can be used in broad contexts in terms of cockle populations, estuarine habitats, and climatic conditions and can combined with various hydro-morpho-sedimentary models that include these biological effects.

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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

Jacinto Cunha, Edna Cabecinha, Sebastian Villasante, Stefano Balbi, Michael Elliott, Sandra Ramos

Prof. Michael Elliott


Coastal and marine ecosystems provide valuable ecosystem services (ES) from which humans derive societal goods and benefits (SG&B) after inputting human capital. Their assessment and integration into management plans are crucial to maintain ecosystem productivity and ensure robust and resilient ecosystems. However, regulating and maintenance ecosystem services (RMES) are usually not given focused attention in ecosystem services assessments, despite their importance in supporting the ecological foundations of ecosystems and the provision of other ES. This research used regional to local indicators and spatial analysis to assess the provision of RMES along a coastal-open sea gradient in the northern coast of Portugal, as a tool to define priority areas for ecosystem-based and protected area management. Nine classes of RMES were identified and eleven indicators were used as proxies to assess and evaluate the continuum coast-sea multifunctionality, ES/SG&B bundles and hotspots and coldspots of ES supply. The study showed that 20% of the study area was classified as hotspots of RMES provision, i.e. areas with statistically significant higher values of RMES provision within the management area, and 28% classified as coldspots, i.e. areas with minimal values. The hotspots were mainly distributed along coastal areas and estuaries, with three main marine regions identified. While in general 39% of the areas identified as important for RMES provision were already protected, in the marine region only 30% of the key areas for RMES provision identified in this study are currently protected. The methods used in this work, using locally based and spatially explicit information on RMES provision, are applicable to other areas globally, as they are fundamental in supporting more effective management decisions at spatial scales from local to the wider regions.

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Marine microdebris pollution in sediments from three environmental coastal areas in the southwestern Argentine Atlantic

A.D. Forero-López, M.A. Toniolo, C.V. Colombo, G.N. Rimondino, D. Cuadrado, G.M.E. Perillo, F.E. Malanca


Microplastics (MPs) and antifouling paint particles (APPs) are important components of marine microdebris (MDs), which constitute a potential environmental risk.

Prof. Dr. Gerardo M.E. Perillo

This study analyzed baseline contamination levels of MDs and mesodebris (MesDs) in intertidal sediments at different depths, exploring the geomorphological influence in three Argentine coastal environments: Bahía Blanca Estuary (BBE), Los Pocitos (LP) and Puerto Madryn (PM). The MDs and MesDs samples were characterized by μ-FTIR, SEM/EDX and XRD. The abundance of MPs and APPs in sediments, range between 19.78 and 1087.19 and between 0 and 172.93 items/kg d.w., respectively. Despite variations in population and industrial developments in these areas, MPs abundance shows no significant differences in low and high intertidal zones. However, mean MPs concentrations were higher in the surface layer (0–5 cm) compared to the deeper sediments (5–10 cm), indicating recent MPs deposition. Chemical characterization evidenced the presence of cellulose (CE) and denser polymers as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyacrylics (PAN), APPs, metallic and black MDs. Surface degradation and heavy metals (Zn, Cr, and Ba) were also detected in APPs and other MDs, either as additives or adhered to their surfaces. Changes in crystallinity were also observed on the MesDs due to weathering. The calculated polymer hazard index (PHI) and the presence of hazardous polymers such as ABS and PAN indicated an increased risk of MPs pollution on the BBE and PM coasts. The pollution load index (PLI) values (from 4.63 to 5.34) suggested unpolluted to moderately polluted levels. These findings offer insights into potential risks associated with MDs in Argentine intertidal sediments, underscoring the critical need to comprehend the geomorphology and the influence of coastal dynamics. This is crucial for effectively addressing challenges linked to MDs pollution guiding the development of robust management and mitigation strategies.

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Dynamics of trace element enrichment in blue carbon ecosystems in relation to anthropogenic activities

Chuancheng Fu, Yuan Li, Chen Tu, Jian Hu, Lin Zeng, Li Qian, Peter Christie, Yongming Luo

Prof. Yongming Luo


Blue carbon ecosystems (BCEs), located at the land-sea interface, provide critical ecological services including the buffering of anthropogenic pollutants. Understanding the interactions between trace element (TE) loads in BCEs and socioeconomic development is imperative to informing management plans to address pollution issues. However, the identification of anthropogenic TE pollution in BCEs remains uncertain due to the complex geochemical and depositional processes and asynchronous socioeconomic development along continental coastlines.

Dr. Chen Tu

Here, priority-controlled TE (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, and Zn) concentrations in the mangrove, saltmarsh and seagrass soils and plant tissues along the coastline of China were investigated while taking bare flat and upland soils as corresponding references. We demonstrate that blue carbon (BC) soils accumulated markedly higher concentrations of anthropogenic TEs than the reference soils, mainly due to the effective trapping of fine-grained particles and higher binding capacities. We identify the time course of TE changes over the last 100 years which shows increasing anthropogenic TE accumulation resulting from military activities (1930–1950) and the growth of industrial and agricultural activities (1950–1980), then reaching a maximum after national economic reform (1980–2000). Since the 2000s, decreases in TE discharges driven by socioeconomic reform and strengthened environmental regulations have led to a widespread reversal of anthropogenic TE concentrations in BC soils. Based on the current TE flux we estimate that BCEs can filter over 27.3–100 % of the TEs emitted in industrial wastewaters from Chinese coastal provinces annually. However, the uptake of these TEs by plants can be substantially reduced through various mechanisms offered by edaphic properties such as organic carbon, clay, and sulfur contents. Therefore, enhancing TE filtering while preventing TEs from entering food webs through the conservation and restoration of BCEs will greatly aid in achieving the sustainable development goal of the coastal zone under intensified anthropogenic activities.

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Is ‘hope’ helpful or a hinderance? Implications for coastal governance

Carmen E. Elrick-Barr, Timothy F. Smith, Dana C. Thomsen


Projected population growth and climate change paint an increasingly bleak picture for many coastal communities and their already threatened ecosystems. Yet, coastal managers and residents provide expressions of hope. In this short communication we reflect on the findings of a four-year research project examining coastal governance in rapidly growing Australian coastal communities.

Dr. Carmen Elrick-Barr

Practitioners shared their perspectives on current coastal governance approaches and were hopeful that sought-after goals would be achieved. However, hopefulness contrasts with self-reported barriers to change and limited evidence of transformative action. Thus, we ask whether hopefulness is misplaced, and a barrier to change, or whether hope remains a necessary precursor to transformative action. We find it is both: hope can provide a vision for a resilient future and a beacon towards the challenge of creating novel, exciting, and equitable futures. Yet, hope is insufficient unless accompanied by actions for resilient social and ecological communities. Hope without action is baseless and exacerbates vulnerability by limiting proactive responses, squandering valuable time, and further weakening systems. The findings have relevance in responding to global environmental challenges by distinguishing between ‘hope that helps’ versus ‘hope that hinders’ in the governance of complex systems.

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Coastal Radar

Updates from FEC Academy Members

FEC Academy Member, Prof. Dr. Gerardo M.E. Perillo Leads Wave-Measuring Buoy Deployment in Research Project Pampa Azul 

In a major breakthrough, FEC Academy Member, Prof. Dr. Gerardo M.E. Perillo and his team has successfully deployed the first two wave-measuring buoys in Argentina, a crucial step in the. research project Pampa Azul. Crafted entirely at the Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO), these buoys, located at Pehuen Co and Monte Hermoso promised valuable insights into ocean dynamics.

Updates from FEC Affiliated Projects

Resilient Lagoon Network

The Resilient Lagoon Network has extended its scope along the West African coastline and in January welcomed new network leads for Ivory Coast and Togo: Dr Amalchy Yayo N’Cho from the Oceanological Research Center in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Professor Tchaa Boukpessi from University of Lomé (Togo).

Novara One Planet

Novara is in the mid-Atlantic heading to the Caribbean!!! Much of the next year will be spent in this region supporting communities on the frontline of the climate change emergency.

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The Scubaverse

The most recent release of “Artificial Intelligence for Business” from Taylor & Francis Group, authored by Prof. Markus Krebsz, an advisor to the Scubaverse, and Prof. Divya Dwivedi, features a chapter titled “Re-wilding Natural Habitats with Flying Robots, AI, and Metaverse Ecosystems”. Notably, the Scubaverse is showcased as a case study within this chapter. 

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Updates from FEC Supported Networks 

Commission on Coastal Systems – International Geographical Union

The latest bi-annual newsletter from IGU-CCS was released on January 4th, showcasing a wealth of compelling information. Among its contents are details about upcoming events, recent publications, and calls or abstracts.


This edition of the IGU-CCS newsletter highlights gatherings and sessions supported or co-sponsored by the Commission on Coastal Systems. It also includes summaries of meetings, discussions with coastal interest, as well as noteworthy books and reports centered around coastal and marine topics. Additionally, there is an update on special issues within coastal journals.

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The Early Career Ocean Professionals Programme (ECOP)

Call for submission of Ocean Literacy success stories

Are you interested in sharing your Ocean Literacy success story? ECOP Programme Ocean Literacy Task Team and Ocean Literacy Hub Asia are launching an initiative focusing on UN Ocean Decade Challenge 10: Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean. ECOP is looking for initiatives that have made an impact in promoting a better understanding of human relationship with the ocean (formal or non-formal education initiatives, community-based marine conservation initiatives, citizen science…). Applications from underrepresented countries are strongly encouraged.


The findings from this campaign will be used to showcase successful stories, exemplary practices and ideas promoting Ocean Literacy. They will be shared on various social media channels of the ECOP Programme and at the Ocean Literacy focused satellite events of the international conferences, such as the UN Ocean Decade Conference on 10-12 April 2024 in Barcelona, Spain, and the 2nd UN Ocean Decade Regional Conference in conjunction with the 11th WESTPAC International Marine Science Conference on 22-25 April 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Deadline: February 7.


Selected initiatives will be reached out directly for more information.

To share your initiative with the world, Click here to fill out the application form.


Free webinar on February 1 at 7pm CET 

Join the first Learning Tide webinar of 2024 in partnership with Sustainable Ocean Alliance! Learn from expert panelists Puri Canals, Mitchell Lennan and Loreley Picourt as webinar viewers dive into how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can contribute to climate resilience. Challenge 5 of the UN Ocean Decade (Unlocking ocean-based solutions to climate change) will be discussed and some exclusive insights from #COP28UAE will be shared with participants. Guest speakers from multiple organizations in the European Region are brought together to share their first-hand perspectives on how MPAs can address the Climate Crisis, with an aim to identify what gaps and opportunities exist to effectively restore ocean (and climate) health. Moderated by Laura Meyer from ECOP Programme Germany node and Eugenia Barroca from SOA; Join the webinar and bring your questions and curiosity there!

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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. 

○  Forero-López, A. D., Toniolo, M. A., Colombo, C. V., Rimondino, G. N., Cuadrado, D., Perillo, G. M. E., & Malanca, F. E. (2023). Marine microdebris pollution in sediments from three environmental coastal areas in the southwestern Argentine Atlantic. Science of The Total Environment, 169677.

○  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

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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 on Coastal Blue Carbon - Tang Jianwu Memorial Special Collection


  • Jan. 1st 2024: Call for Paper Opens; submit manuscripts for 2x independent review
  • Jul. 1st 2024: Manuscript submission deadline

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Special Collection on Mega deltas - seeking solutions to the problem of sustainability


  • Oct. 30th 2023: Call for Paper Opens; submit manuscripts for 2x independent review
  • May. 31st 2024: Manuscript submission deadline

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Material transport and eco-environmental dynamics across the river-estuary-coast shelf continuum under changing climate and human activities


  • Dec 1st 2022: Open call for papers; submit Manuscripts for 2x independent review
  • Jun 30th 2024: Manuscript submission deadline

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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

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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.


  • Jan. 31st 2024: Open call for abstracts closes; submit MS for 2x independent review
  • June 30th 2024: Manuscript submission deadline

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