Special Issue on Integrating science in the management of enclosed seas
• 大类 : 地学 - 3区
• 小类 : 海洋与淡水生物学 - 3区
• 小类 : 海洋学 - 3区
Quantifying the relative importance of the many processes leading to the environmental degradation in estuarine and coastal waters of heavily populated enclosed seas such as the Seto Inland Sea, the Bohai, Yellow and East China seas and the Gulf of Thailand, is made extremely complex by multiple environmental pressures from rapid growth, coastal erosion, land reclamation, dredging, navigation, oil and gas infrastructure development, overfishing and sediment/nutrients run-off due to increased human activity in the catchment areas. Communicating clearly and unambiguously these findings to national and local governments responsible for managing these waters is thus extremely difficult and there are few success stories – but there is a lot to learn from them. Additionally these governments more commonly than not focus on one, or just a few, issues that science can readily address and they ignore the cumulative impact of multiple pressures that science finds much harder to quantify.
To help address these scientific and governance issues, we encourage submission of scientific papers for a Special Issue of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (ECSS) on the topic “Integrating science in the management of enclosed seas”. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (ECSS, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/estuarine-coastal-and-shelf-science/) is an international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the analysis of saline water phenomena ranging from the outer edge of the continental shelf to the upper limits of the tidal zone. The journal provides a unique forum, unifying the multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the oceanography of estuaries, coastal zones, and continental shelf seas. The journal 2018 5-year Impact Factor is 2.732.
This Special Issue will (1) document the physical and ecological processes and impacts on the evolution of these enclosed seas and their effects on the coastal ecosystem structures and functions, (2) examine mechanisms to integrate science in the management of enclosed seas by enabling a feedback interaction between management and science. Thus this Special Issue will assess the influences of the human activities on enclosed seas and probe into approaches to recover their ecological functions.
A number of papers will emerge from the EMECS12 conference in Pattaya, Thailand, in November 2018. This conference is hosted by the international EMECS Center and co-hosted by the Royal Society of Thailand, Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Rambhai Banni Rajabhat University, and UNESCO-IOC/WESTPAC. This is a further call for authors worldwide to make this Special Issue of ECSS a truly international reference for scientists and managers.
Beside normal research papers that follow the ECSS format, we encourage submission of short papers with maximum four figures, one table and a total of 4000 words.