Sunday 3 June 2012 to Wednesday 6 June 2012

Recent decades have seen emergent issues that bear potentially massive risks for the long-term trajectory of coastal environments and the uses we make of them. These issues have raised awareness, and in some cases, motivated investment of much funding and research and management efforts. It seems timely, at a time of economic constraints, and a time when too many issues demand international attention, to take a hard look at the evidentiary basis, current data, and future predictions surrounding these issues. This conference will cover the fundamental natural and social sciences for estuaries, coasts and marine areas and emphasis the links to the integrated and sustainable management of these areas.

Following the success of the renowned ECSA conferences and workshops, the 50th ECSA Conference Disputed Issues in Coastal Science and Management will bring together researchers, environmental managers, policy makers and graduate students to present research results, explore collaborations and to spark new ideas, with the aim of learning about marine, coastal and transitional systems worldwide, catching up on leading-edge techniques and, lastly, appreciating the constraints of the science and the management.The themes of the conference will be:

  • Ecosystem structure and functioning – 
  • Systems analysis
  • Anthropogenic change
  • Ecosystem services and societal benefits
  • Valuing ecosystems
  • ‘Future-proofing the science’
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