International Coastal Conference opened in Yantai, China
From the 12th to the 15th of September, 350 scientists from 35 countries are meeting in the million-strong Chinese metropolis of Yantai on the Yellow Sea. This scientific exchange will focus on global problems in densely populated coastal regions: rising sea levels, climatic changes, deterioration in the quality of water as a result of increasing overfertilisation, urbanisation and tourism.
Coastal zones are sensitive interfaces between land , sea and the atmosphere. Today, more than 40 percent of the global population is concentrated in coastal areas worldwide. These provide the space in which we live, work and find recreation. Coasts are under constant pressure from natural, economic and social processes.
Coastal users, coastal managers and junior scientists from around the world are gathering in Yantai to meet with internationally renowned experts. During the conference they will have the opportunity to gain and exchange information on the interactions between land and sea, and the effects these have on nature and the human population. Natural and social scientists will present their latest research results in order to encourage decision-makers from the world of politics and commerce to work towards integrated sustainable coastal management. The diverse interests of the users of coastal regions call for interdisciplinary cooperation. This is, the only way in which new research approaches and concepts can be created and sustainable development attained. In concrete terms this means: the development of tools, analyses and scenarios, which ensure long-term and responsible management of this sensitive man-nature system.
The congress is organised through the research project “Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone” (LOICZ) based at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, and the Yantai Institute of Coastal Research (YIC), in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In the scope of the LOICZ , scientists are engaged in global research to gain a better understanding of the changes taking place on the coasts and the social consequences. It is only through this comprehensive knowledge and close collaboration, and by working together with decision-makers from politics, commerce and society that the development of sustainable usage strategies for our coasts can be made possible.
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