Inaugural international workshop on intermittent estuaries in a changing climate
We are excited to announce the upcoming 'Inaugural international workshop on intermittent estuaries in a changing climate'.
This online workshop is free to attend and open to everyone interested. It will feature exciting presentations from over 20 of the leading experts on intermittent estuaries and coastal inlets and management thereof. A detailed speaker program will be circulated to all registered attendees prior to the workshop.
Intermittently Open/Closed Estuaries (IOCEs) occur on many of the world’s wave-dominated coastlines where they add substantial socio-economic and ecological value to coastal communities. Even though IOCEs are often considered the estuary type most vulnerable to climate change, current knowledge, data and management tools are insufficient to adequately address future challenges. Further, there is a recognised gap between the data generated by researchers and the information required by policy makers. To this end, this inaugural workshop aims to bring together the global community of scientists, practitioners and policy makers to establish and exchange the current knowledge around IOCEs in a changing climate.
The goal of this workshop is to produce a position paper that summarises the current state of the science on IOCEs in a changing climate and identifies critical research gaps. This will be supported by an expert survey run as part of the workshop. Participation in the position paper is encouraged among workshop attendees.
The workshop will be run as a free-of-charge, open-source virtual meeting over three days (with one 3-hour session per day). It will be delivered in the form of five thematic sessions, consisting of invited presentations followed by discussion among participants. All presentations will be recorded and made available online.
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This workshop will be run as a free and open-source online meeting. There will be live questions and discussion after every presentation. In case you miss anything: All presentations will be made available online via a dedicated YouTube channel.
The workshop will be delivered via sessions corresponding to the five themes outlined below. The workshop will be delivered across three days, with one 3-hour session per day. A detailed program will be sent through to all registered attendees closer to the date.
Key drivers of land-sea connectivity and conceptual/numerical models of inlet behaviour.
Innovative change detection methods of inlet behaviour - satellite imagery, drones, and stationary systems.
Physical responses of intermittently open/closed estuaries to a changing climate.
Biological responses of intermittently open/closed estuaries to a changing climate.
Policy frameworks, public datasets, and novel management approaches.
One of the key goals for this workshop is to establish the current state of the science around intermittently open/closed estuaries and coastal inlets and to summarise this in the form of a peer-reviewed position paper. This position paper will include the results of an expert survey run as part of the workshop. Participation in both the survey and position paper is highly encouraged amongst qualified attendees. Interest in participation can be expressed during the registration process.
Dr. Valentin Heimhuber | Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Dr. Lara van Niekerk | CSIR, South Africa
Dr. Sarah McSweeney | University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Eric Stein | Department Head, Biology Department, S. Ca. Coastal Water Research Project, USA