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March 2023

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  • FEC recruited new affiliated projects
  • FEC Fellows Session: Dynamic Coasts
  • FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists
  • Joint National Coast to Coast and NSW Coastal Conference 2023
  • Cities worldwide claw vast amounts of land from the sea
  • Understanding coastal social values through citizen science: The example of Coastsnap in Western Australia
  • ‘A social science perspective is needed’- former chair of FEC Bruce Glavovic on climate change
  • Updates from FEC affiliated projects: Resilient Lagoon Network, Coastal Pollution Toolbox, PROPLAYAS, Coastal Governance, Turning the Tide
  • Anthropocene Coasts Special Issue - Call for papers

What have we been up to

FEC recruited new affiliated projects

Resilient Lagoon Network (RLN)

The Resilient Lagoon Network (RLN) was developed to link researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to lagoon communities, providing a platform to share experiences and understand key challenges. It brings together cross-disciplinary expertise and practice to build the multiple perspectives and broad understanding needed to respond to the problems of lagoon communities. It aims to provide a framework to develop, test, and share solutions that will address the development challenges of these rapidly growing and increasingly vulnerable coastal environments and communities. This participatory approach provides the connections and shared understanding required to build long-term resilience in these communities. The network started with a focus on West Africa. However, lagoons are common in tropical and sub-tropical coastlines and its goal is to grow the network across the Global South.

Turning the Tide: Systems thinking for a sustainable ocean

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) has launched a new project which aims to bring together the Marine and Coastal Science community in the UK. This year-long project, 'Turning the Tide: Systems thinking for a sustainable ocean', will champion a system thinking approach to issues affecting the marine and coastal environment. It aims to bring together the marine and coastal science community in the UK through a series of collaborative events and activities including online webinars and forums, article publication and workshop delivery. Working with its members, other individuals and organisations from across the sector, it aims to shape the discussions over the next year towards finding a unified voice for the UK’s Marine and Coastal Science community on achieving a sustainable ocean. 

FEC Fellows Session: Dynamic Coasts

Coastal systems and regional seas are constantly changing as a result of biophysical and socio‐economic activities. The FEC theme ‘Dynamic Coasts’ is focused on synthesizing existing understanding of the changing state of coasts in terms of risks and future trends. It aims to explore answers to the following questions:

  • What are the trajectories of change to the environment and societies at the coast?
  • What are the limits and thresholds of change to ecosystem function and services?

The FEC Fellows Session ‘Dynamic Coasts’ took place online on 2 March. The workshop gathered a panel of respectful, highly-anticipated FEC academy members to share their perspectives on 'Dynamic Coasts'. Three FEC fellows specialized in the thematic area presented their studies.

This workshop set stage for FEC researchers to showcase their innovative approaches to investigate ‘dynamic coasts’ in Anthropocene. FEC will continue the effort to facilitate knowledge and experience sharing between elderly and younger generations of coastal scientists.

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Watch the video recording through FEC YouTube Channel

FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists

'Things don’t always go the way you might hope, but you just have to persevere.'

— Dr Sarah Kandrot

Sarah Kandrot is a geoscientist specialising the application of geoinformatics tools and technologies to coastal, marine, and environmental projects. She holds a PhD in Geography from University College Cork, where she previously worked as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher. She is currently Head of Aerial Surveys at Green Rebel, an Irish company specialising in site investigations for offshore renewable energy (ORE) projects. Sarah oversees Green Rebel’s aerial survey division, which performs digital aerial marine ecology surveys and analyses to support consent applications for ORE projects.

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“I believe female researchers bring an openness and sensitivity to people and their places, which provides a strong foundation for the integrative and collaborative research we need.”

— Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr

Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr is a human geographer with over 15 years experience working in the academic and private sectors. She currently holds two research fellow positions relating to coastal governance (University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD) and coastal and marine resource management (University of Western Australia, WA). Carmen has worked for international development agencies (e.g. AusAID, USAid) and national and municipal governments in the Pacific, South-east Asia, Australia and Europe on coastal climate change issues. She is the state rep for Western Australian branch of the Australian Coastal Society.

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“Keep an open mind, keep learning and remain fascinated so that you may one day fascinate the world with your science.”

—Dr. Eirini Politi

Dr. Eirini Politi works in an environmental consultancy in research and development (R&D) projects mainly funded by the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Her field of expertise is in water quality remote sensing and ecosystem applications using EO and GIS tools, and she is now involved with upstream and downstream product and services development, project management and communications. She has worked in the academic sector (Greece and UK), a national research centre of expertise (Ireland) and the private sector (Switzerland and Germany).

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Joint National Coast to Coast and NSW Coastal Conference 2023



The Conference Committee invites you to participate in the joint National Coast to Coast & NSW Coastal Conference 2023. For the first time, the National Coast to Coast Conference will combine with the NSW Coastal Conference in 2023 in Newcastle. The Conference will be held from 30th October – 3 November 2023 at Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre (NEX), NSW. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Monday 30th October 2023.

The Conference

For the first time, the National Coast to Coast Conference will combine with the NSW Coastal Conference in 2023 in Newcastle. The Coast to Coast Conference is a biennial conference organised by the Australian Coastal Society (ACS Ltd). The NSW Coastal Conference is an annual conference that has grown to be one most successful coastal industry events held in Australia.

This joint conference will bring together over 250 delegates from a diverse range of fields, including: all aspects of coastal, estuarine and marine management, science and research, and education, planning, policy and law; and includes representatives from government, the private sector and community groups and the interested public.

The conference will be co-hosted by City of Newcastle and Australian Coastal Society and will be a week-long event which comprises of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, panel discussions, pre-conference workshop, full day field trips, networking events and the Coastal Management Awards.

The Conference will also be supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland City Council and Port Stephens Council with full day field trips being offered to these LGA’s.

NSW Coastal Conference Papers and Presentations

View and download past NSW Coastal Conference Papers and Presentations


Cities worldwide claw vast amounts of land from the sea

FEC Fellow Dhritiraj Sengupta's new publication was highlighted in Nature

Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates was built from sand dredged from the sea floor. Credit: Andriy Popov/Alamy

The world’s major coastal cities added roughly 2,530 square kilometres of land — more than 40 times the size of Manhattan — to their coastlines from 2000 to 2020, reveals a survey of satellite imagery1.

Dhritiraj Sengupta from the University of Southampton, UK, and his colleagues analysed 20 years of satellite data covering 135 cities with populations of more than one million people. The team found that 106 cities have expanded their coastlines by filling in wetlands and other coastal water bodies. The most common use of the land was for port extensions, followed by residential or commercial uses and then industrial uses.

China has added the most land; Shanghai alone added some 350 square kilometres, or 14% of the global total. Also at the top of the list are Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, which is the site of the huge artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah.

The authors argue that these land expansions have often overlooked ecological consequences. They also note that more than 70% of the new land is in areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise as the climate warms.


  1. Sengupta, D. et al. Earth’s Future 11, e2022EF002927 (2023).

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Understanding coastal social values through citizen science: The example of Coastsnap in Western Australia

FEC Fellow Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr published a paper in Ocean and Coastal Management. This study seeks to understand the values of Australian coastal residents through their citizen-science activities. The authors argue that this kind of information is essential to allow coastal planners to make evidence-based decisions about coastal futures.

The coast is socially, economically, and environmentally vital to humanity, yet at risk due to population growth, development, and climate change. Coastal managers are required to make complex decisions regarding the trade-offs that may arise because of these threats, hence evidence-based policy is essential. Advances in biophysical data have improved understanding of coastal change, yet comparative social data is limited. Innovations are required to generate social values data that: (i) links with biophysical data; (ii) is consistent, representative, and long-term; and (iii) requires low resource investment. This paper reports on a pilot program that sought to address these needs by linking with an established citizen science program, CoastSnap, to collect information on community use and values in the Peron Naturaliste region, south-west Western Australia. The program successfully monitored community use and values uncovering the importance of nature-based activities and the mental/emotional health benefits of interacting with the coast. It highlights spatial differences in use and value that can support regional coastal planning. In the longer-term, the approach could enable decision-makers to monitor change in use and values resulting from, for example, infrastructure investments or physical coastal change. Limitations include little control over respondent sample and lack of knowledge regarding barriers to participation. Further research into the factors that motivate users and their preferences for interacting with the remote survey technologies, along with an expanded network of CoastSnap Social Survey sites, would facilitate regional, national, and global comparison of use and values. The approach provides a valuable addition to coastal managers’ data collection toolbox, generating social data that are temporal, integrates with biophysical data, and supports regional coastal planning, whilst increasing opportunities to interact with the public to enhance awareness, interest and support for coastal management.

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‘A social science perspective is needed’- former chair of FEC Bruce Glavovic on climate change

Flood damage as seen from the sky over Tokomaru Bay around the Mangahauini river.

Photo: RNZ / Ashleigh McCaull

Former chair of FEC, policy adviser and professor Bruce Glavovic talked about his global career in critical disaster studies in the RNZ Programme ‘Voices’.

In the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle and the flooding in February, he shared his view on why not just a scientific, but a social science perspective is crucial if we are going to adapt and be prepared for more turbulent climate in the years to come.

South Africa-born Bruce is an advocate for the importance of looking at not just the geography but the human geography of disaster-prone regions – what are the root causes that make some communities more vulnerable than others in the face of a changing climate?

Listen to the podcast episode

Coastal Radar

Updates from FEC Affiliated Projects

Resilient Lagoon Network (RLN)

The Resilient Lagoon Network (RLN) launched their framework for sustainable management of coastal lagoons in West Africa. The launch was held online on March 10th and attended by participants from the UK, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria. The framework was developed with input from stakeholders to collect perspectives and lived experience. These were synthesised with the knowledge and experience of the members of the RLN and coastal practitioners to create a framework for managing lagoons in the region, securing their resilience and sustainable future. The framework is available to view at the RLN website.

Coastal Pollution Toolbox (CPT)

The Coastal Pollution Toolbox (CPT) released the following new tools:

- the “PFAS explorer” ( is focused on the very urgent and important global problem of PFAS pollution in the marine environment;

- the “Microplastic Compendium” ( addresses an even as important issue of global concern, which is the pollution with microplastics in the marine environment.


FEC fellow Lena Rölfer co-authored the article below on the toolbox approach:


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, 1-20.


The Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO-FEC IPO-SA) and the Departamento de Geografíay Turismo (Universidad Nacional del Sur) taught a course on Métodos de Oceanografía Física y Geológica para Ambientes Costeros (Methods of Physical and Geological Oceanography for Coastal Environments). It was organised by the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology, under the Iniciativa Pampa Azul, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO between 6 and 23 March 2023. In total 25 students from Argentina, Equator, Peru and Spain participated in the course.

Coastal Governance: Embracing Vulnerability and Change

The FEC-affiliated project ‘Coastal Governance: Embracing Vulnerability and Change’ put together a series of research insight resources to promote key findings from the sustainability research. Each key research insight explores a major theme and a downloadable PDF resource is available. Over 20 downloadable 1-page pdfs have been produced. Examples of topics include coastal policy, law, tourism, adaptation preferences, critical infrastructure, communication, and disaster response. Each research insight is supported by a peer-reviewed journal paper. More research insights will be added over the next 6 months. The research insights can be accessed here.

Turning the Tide: Systems thinking for a sustainable ocean

New global ocean treaty: Historic action for the High Seas 

As part of the Turning the Tide: systems thinking for a sustainable ocean project, a new blog piece has been published in collaboration with Nathalie Rey at the High Seas Alliance on the importance of the global ocean treaty to protect the high seas, officially known as the Treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). 

This blog piece provides comprehensive information on the new Treaty, including why it's such a historic moment, what the Treaty does for ocean protection and what happens from here.

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New FEC Publications

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.

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. 

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, 1-20.

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.

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.

Elegbede, I., Lawal-Are, A., Favour, O., Jolaosho, T., & Goussanou, A. (2023). Chemical compositions of bivalves shells: Anadara senilis, Crassostrea gasar, and Mytilus edulis and their potential for a sustainable circular economy. SN Applied Sciences, 5(1), 44.

Wolff M, Ferse SCA, Govan H (eds) (2023) Challenges in Tropical Coastal Zone Management - Experiences and Lessons Learned. Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland. 

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.

FEC Official Journal

Anthropocene Coasts

special column

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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Call for Papers:

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 2022: Open call for abstracts Opens
  • Jun. 30th 2023: Open call for abstracts closes; submit MS for 2x independent review
  • Dec. 30th 2023: Manuscript submission deadline

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


Aijun Wang, Third Institute of Oceanography, China

Bong Chui Wei, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SM Sharifuzzaman, University of Chittagong, Chattogram, Bangladesh

Cherdvong Saengsupavanich, Kasetsart University, Chonburi, Thailan

For this Special Issue, Anthropocene Coasts invites manuscripts that focus on material transport across the river-estuary-coastal shelf continuum under changing climate and human activities from a range of disciplines (e.g., biology, ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, oceanography, sedimentology, coastal zone management, and multidisciplinary topic).


  • 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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