The CHEERS – « Global changes and estuarine and coastal systems: innovative approaches and assessment tools » will cover recent work highlighting these trends using a wide diversity of analytical tools and approaches. Contributions covering different types of coastal systems, a wide range of geographical areas and a large diversity of methods are expected. The integration of available knowledge to improve management tools and plans, as well as rehabilitate coastal habitats will be explored. Scientific and non-academic presenters are welcome to share their experiences and approaches for efficient management of estuarine and coastal areas.

Thematic sessions are:

1. Global changes in coastal systems: trends and predictions

Keynote by Hervé Le Treut, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris France

Worldwide monitoring programmes have been collecting data that should be analysed in order to put in evidence long-term trends and to explore spatial and temporal comparisons. This topic will also cover recent work on predictive tools and global change scenarios in coastal systems. Climate-induced changes, as well as other anthropic-driven changes are welcomed in this session. Contributions covering different types of coastal systems, a wide range of geographical areas and a large diversity of methods are expected.

2. Functional ecology tools to assess global change impacts

Keynote by Ana Queirós, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

A wide diversity of functional species traits have been used in order to characterize biological communities. This session will include contributions that assessed these traits and explored its relationships with global change, highlighting the relevance of different anthropogenic impacts on the functioning of coastal communities. It would be particularly interesting that the contributions presented have analysed different biological groups in order to enhance a more integrative perspective of coastal systems, and point out some commonalities and singularities.

3. Integrative approaches to assess ecosystem functioning

Keynote by Jeffrey Dambacher, CSIRO, University of Tasmania, Australia

This topic will cover innovative and integrative approaches and methods to assess the functioning of coastal systems. Properties and processes, such as productivity, consumption, nutrient cycling, food webs, among others, have been poorly studied and hardly related with climate and other drivers of global changes. Contributions exploring these topics are expected to be presented in this session.

4. Adaptation, habitat restoration and management

Keynote by Kris Decleer Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Ghent, Belgium

Knowledge on species adaptation to global changes is scarce for coastal systems, despite its importance to predict future ecosystem structure and functioning. Similarly, habitat restoration costs and benefits are poorly known for estuarine and other habitats. Management tools and plans are critical to cope with strong anthropogenic impacts that typically occur in these areas. In this session, participants are invited to address these topics contributing to point out the main guidelines of successful management schemes.

5. What do we expect from decision- and policy-makers for estuarine and coastal management?

Keynote by Victor de Jonge honorary Professor of the University of Hull, Editor-in-Chief of journal Ocean & Coastal Management, UK

Keynote by Mike Elliott Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, UK

Examples of processes involving scientific knowledge and management decision are expected. How to communicate scientific results to be better understood by stakeholders? What policy-makers need from scientist in order to be efficient? We are interested in the relations between scientist and decision makers to improve the management, conservation, restoration of estuaries and coastal areas. Non academic speakers are encouraged to share their experience.

Abstract submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted in English and have a maximum of 300 words.

Abstracts should include the title, authors and their complete affiliation, the text that summarizes the work, indicate if it will be an oral or poster presentation and the conference sessions (see conference sessions).

No special formatting requirements are needed but authors are encouraged to use common word processing tools in order to facilitate editing.

If you are a student and you want to candidate to oral or poster presentations you should mention it in the abstract submission.

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the scientific committee and a notification with the final decision regarding acceptance, conference session and type of communication (oral or poster) will be send by e-mail until the 1st July 2019.

All presentations (oral or poster) can be considered for publication in special issues of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, Ocean and Coastal Management and Ecological Indicators.

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