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November, 2022

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  • Scientists from East China Normal University Revealed Important Environmental Triggers for the Decay of Liangzhu Culture Five Thousand Years ago;
  • Prof. Gerardo M. E. Perillo was appointed as an Academic at the Argentine National Academy of Sciences;
  • Leveraging Governance Performance to Enhance Climate Resilience;
  • Bring Voices from the Coast into the Fukushima Treated Water Debate;
  • Satellite prediction of coastal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists from East China Normal University Revealed Important Environmental Triggers for the Decay of Liangzhu Culture Five Thousand Years ago

What was China like five thousand years ago?

Why did Liangzhu Culture in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River suddenly rise then?

How did people live at that time?

How did they carve those exquisite jade articles?

How did they build the magnificent city?

Why did the brilliant Liangzhu Civilization abruptly decline?

Did they really disappear?

The team has found important environmental factors that triggered the decay of Liangzhu Culture.

Here is the footage from the fourth episode of the documentary ‘Liangzhu’

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What have we been up to

Prof. Gerardo M. E. Perillo was appointed as an Academic at the Argentine National Academy of Sciences

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Gerardo M. E. Perillo, the director of FEC IPO Argentina, was appointed as an Academic at the Argentine National Academy of Sciences. 

The National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, started by President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, dates its beginnings in 1869. It is a scientific corporation supported by the National government and it is the first National Academy of the country. The Academy Members are elected according to its Statute from among scientists who have stood out for their contributions to the improvement of science.

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It's Action Time! Call for Decade Actions No. 04/2022 is open

The vision of the Ocean Decade is “the science we need for the ocean we want”.

The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for diverse sectors from around the world co-design and co-deliver the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

To achieve the Ocean Decade vision, a wide range of partners will implement endorsed Decade Actions in the form of programmes, projects or activities over the next ten years.

You are invited to contribute to that vision by requesting endorsement for transformative Decade Actions via Call for Decade Actions No. 04/2022.

Please note that to access the Call documentation and submit your Action, you will need to be a member of the Ocean Decade Global Stakeholder Forum. We encourage you to join the Forum as soon as possible!

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Submit your Action via our Global Stakeholder Forum

Leveraging Governance Performance to Enhance Climate Resilience

Rölfer, L., Abson, D. J., Costa, M. M., Rosendo, S., Smith, T. F., & Celliers, L

FEC co-chair Tim Smith and FEC fellow Lena Rölfer published an article entitled "Leveraging Governance Performance to Enhance Climate Resilience". The study presents an approach for assessing governance performance and identifying leverage points in social-ecological systems (SES). The approach is tested in a coastal case study in Algoa Bay, South Africa. It combines three different methods: a capital approach framework, fuzzy cognitive mapping, and a leverage points analysis and advances methodological and theoretical knowledge on how to operationalize transformation toward climate resilience.

Results suggest that a range of leverage points exist that could potentially improve governance performance and therefore climate resilience of the Algoa Bay SES and similar case studies. These leverage points include improving (a) the support from provincial government; (b) the priority given to climate change in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP); (c) the frequency of collaborations; (d) participation in the implementation of climate action plans; (e) the allocation of funding to climate change actions; (f) the overall level of preparedness in terms of staff with relevant expertise; and (g) public awareness and understanding of climate change. It also includes a better integration between different coastal and ocean management approaches (ICM, MSP, MPA) in the Algoa Bay SES to integrate climate change adaptation into these processes.

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Threats to Australia's oceans and coasts: A systematic review

Laubenstein T, Smith TF, Hobday AJ, Pecl GT, Evans K, Fulton EA and O’Donnell T

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FEC co-chair Tim Smith recently published a review about the threats to Australia's oceans and coasts. Oceans and coasts provide important ecosystem, livelihood, and cultural values to humans and the planet but face current and future compounding threats from anthropogenic activities associated with expanding populations and their use of and reliance on these environments. To respond to and mitigate these threats, there is a need to first systematically understand and categorise them. This paper reviewed 226 articles from the period 2010–2020 on threats to Australia's oceans and coasts, resulting in the identification of a total of 307 threats. Threats were grouped into three broad categories — threats from use and extraction; environmental and human-induced threats; and policy and socio-political threats — then ranked by frequency. The most common ‘threats from use and extraction’ were recreational activities, non-point source pollution, and urban development; the most common ‘environmental and human-induced threat’ was increased temperatures; and the most common ‘policy and socio-political threat’ was policy gaps and failures (e.g., a lack of coastal climate adaptation policies). The identification of threats across all three categories increased over time; however, the identification of ‘threats from use and extraction’ increased most rapidly over the last four years (2017–2020). Threats were most often described for their impacts on environmental values (68%), followed by economic (14%), socio-cultural (12%), and Indigenous (6%) values. Only 45 of the 226 papers (20%) discussed multiple threats. The threats facing Australia's oceans and coasts are rising, cumulative, and multi-faceted, and the inherent tensions between varied uses, along with intensification of uses that derive short-term anthropogenic benefit, will continue to degrade the ecological sustainability of ocean and coastal systems if actions are not taken.

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Bring Voices from the Coast into the Fukushima Treated Water Debate

Mabon L. and Kawabe M.

FEC fellow Leslie Mabon has published a commentary in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the planned releases of treated water from the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Leslie and co-author Midori Kawabe from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology argue that the potential effects of the treated water releases on Fukushima's coastal fishing communities are under-recognised in the international science-policy dialogues around Fukushima. The authors challenge international organisations and research networks seeking to influence policy and governance of marine issues in Fukushima to engage with marine social science perspectives, and to create opportunities to learn from coastal residents and fishers themselves. The authors also encourage the Japanese Government to involve fishers and coastal residents more fully in the management of the treated water, by supporting independent research and establishing a stakeholder panel to oversee the releases.

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Satellite prediction of coastal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Li, Y., Robinson, S.V.J., Nguyen, L.H., and Liu, J.

FEC fellow Yingjie Li published a recent study on application of satellite imagery in hypoxia mapping. The growing number, size, and frequency of coastal hypoxia increasingly threaten marine ecosystem health and essential ecosystem services for human well-being. It is therefore urgent to use continuous and consistent observation and develop advanced tools to characterize and track the spatial and temporal change of coastal hypoxia. Satellite imagery with fine spatiotemporal resolution and global coverage has shown great potential for monitoring environmental changes, yet has rarely been applied to hypoxia mapping. To advance the understanding, we synthesized satellite-derived ocean color variables and dissolved oxygen measurements collected during 2014, and used random forest regression, lagged linear regression, and functional data analysis to estimate the spatiotemporal change of the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The three models achieved similar predictive accuracy (±1.2–1.4 mg/L dissolved oxygen), but the random forest regression performed the best in estimating the bottom dissolved oxygen from satellite-derived variables. Our models also revealed time lags of roughly 0–5 and 16–19 days between the surface water process (e.g., algae bloom and ocean warming) and bottom water hypoxia, which was rarely considered in previous hypoxia studies using satellite data. Finally, our models showed that the area of Gulf hypoxia increased gradually from May and reached a peak during mid-July and mid-August in 2014, and the hypoxia zone occurred in the estuary of the Mississippi River and Suwannee River during roughly 25% of summer days. In addition to predicting the size of hypoxic zones, our study provides additional information on where, when, and how long hypoxic zones persist with greater spatial details and enables modeling hypoxic zones at near-real-time (e.g., days) temporal scales. More importantly, we demonstrate the great potential of applying satellite remote sensing for spatially explicit hypoxia mapping, which could promote more cost-effective coastal hypoxia monitoring and assessment practices.

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Coastal Radar

FEC Fellow Dr. Isa Elegbede:

In-person presentation on "Climate change concerns deep sea resources sustainability for the blue economy"

FEC fellow Isa Elegbede gave an in-person presentation on Earth Day during COP 27 with the event theme: The Deep Sea, the Climate, and the Next Generation through the Climate Education Hub on the 9th of November. His presentation was focused on the topic: Climate change concerns deep sea resources sustainability for the blue economy.

Updates from FEC Fellow Dr Celene Milanes Batista

A new paper

Along with PROPLAYAS colleagues, Dr. Celene Milanes published a new paper entitled "Grounding the SHIELD Model (Susceptibility to Human Interventions for Environmental Licensing Determination) for Tropical Coastal Environments." ( This article describes the customization of the SHIELD model for tropical coastal environments to validate a specific kind of environment.

A new Special Issue

As a member of the FEC community, she is one of the Guest editors of the Special Issue. "Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Assessments" ( This Special Issue attempts to collect papers that will broaden the scope of the international project entitled "Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality" (, as well as all the research works presented at the recently developed XIX Latin American Meeting of Marine Sciences COLACMAR 2022 ( She participated actively in this congress as a committee organization and chair.

Senalmar XIX

She participated in Senalmar XIX (XIX NATIONAL SEMINAR OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE SEA. as a FEC member. Two papers were presented: i) Coastal Law in Latin America: learning from a bi-oceanic country and ii) citizen science: vision from two coastal countries.

Updates from FEC Fellow Dr. Dhritiraj Sengupta

Dr. Dhritiraj Sengupta has been selected as the RENKEI fellow as a part of the UK - Japan collaboration and obtained the British Society of Geomorphology grant to perform land subsidence calculations over a coastal zone in Japan.

FEC Fellow Dr. Ven Paolo B. Valenzuela is organizing a workshop at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change and Coastal Urban Development in the Asia-Pacific | 16-17 February 2023

64% of Asia’s population will live in urban environments by 2050 but most dwell in coastal areas that are increasingly at risk of disaster and climate change. How can cities and communities in the Asia-Pacific balance the need between mitigating the impact of climate change while addressing urban development concerns? And how can we ensure just and equitable adaptation to climate change and disaster risks?

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FEC Fellow Ms. Viola van Onselen joined a summer school on Nature-based Solutions

At the beginning of September, FEC fellow Viola van Onselen joined a summer school on Nature-based Solutions (, hosted by the university of Bologna and organized by UNESCO and Operandum. She would like to share some important takeaways and research gaps that were discussed during the summer school:

  • It is important to recognize main challenges when implementing NBS, such as the density of people in urban areas or lack of space and the different landowners in rural areas. More data is needed on challenges and barriers for implementation;
  • Limited data on the performance of NBS is a huge challenge for mainstreaming NBS, therefore case studies can add valuable information;
  • Hybrid solutions could be introduced first to increase public acceptance;
  • Make sure everyone can have access to the benefits of NBS and keep stakeholders informed and updated, get their feedback throughout the process and increase ownership and responsibility.

The summer school was especially valuable for her because participants also got the chance to actively interact with local stakeholders and scientists during the program, to learn more about the implementation of NBS. To explore data on real examples of NBS worldwide, Geo-IKP can be a useful tool:

New FEC Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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