International Workshop:eco-healthy estuaries-processes and respone
International Workshop: eco-healthy estuaries – processes and response

Second Circular (Workshop program)

Oct. 20 – 23, 2010, Qingdao, China

HOTSPOT: Deadline of abstract submission has been extended to September 15, please contact us if you have any questions. Workshop dates: Oct.19 Registration (Qingdao Ocean University); Oct.20-21 Presentation; Oct.22 Field trip; Oct.23 Departure

Conference organizer:
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research(SKLEC), East China Normal University, China
Ocean Univercity of China, Qingdao


Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Netherlands Institute of Ecology(NIOO)
LOICZ Regional Node East Asia, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, CAS


China National Science Foundation (NSF)
Ocean University of China
Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality
Ministry of Science and Technology, China (985-Project)
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Workshop venue
Ocean University of China,Qingdao


Workshop time
Oct. 20 – 23, 2010


Estuaries provide abundant natural resources and ecosystem services for human society and the areas around them are often densely populated and becoming increasingly so. Over 50% of the world population now resides in the estuarine-coastal region, engaging in industrial, agricultural and tertiary activities.Estuaries bridge the rivers and the ocean, and are the foci of an intensive interaction between human and nature. In the past decades, the anthropogenic impact on the functioning of the estuarine ecosystem has increased relentlessly and has become significant enough to affect measurably the ecohealth of these estuaries. This impact comprises changes in land-use, water impoundment, excessive discharge of industrial and domestic waste waters, nutrients from agricultural fertilizer and domestic sources, as well as large-scale engineering hardening of the coast and large-scale land reclamation primarily of tidal wetlands. An additional concern is the looming climate change at global and regional scales. Restoring or at least preventing further degradation of the estuarine ecohealth has become a great concern for sustaining our society.
Historically land-clearing has resulted in increasing sediment loads that create turbid waters that buffered the estuary from excessive eutrophication, while more recent large-scale damming may flip the estuarine waters from highly turbid to very low turbidity. As a result the estuary is losing its ‘filtering’ function, leading to degradation of its physical setting. Additionally, there are many other bio-chemical-physical processes in the estuary beyond our current knowledge.
To fill in this knowledge gap, interdisciplinary, collaborative, scientific studies are needed of these changing estuaries. This workshop aims at establishing a network of the engineering and scientific community by providing a forum to share and disseminate relevant knowledge. We warmly welcome all of you to attend this workshop and provide your experiences to be shared and learn from each other


This workshop will focus mainly on the biophysics of large estuaries and coastal waters. It will be linked to the LOICZ Open Science conference, which will be held in 2011 in China and which will address not only biophysics but also the management and governance of estuaries and coastal waters. Thus the key themes of this workshop will be:

  1. Estuarine sediment dynamics and morphodynamics
  2. Estuarine bio-chemical response to reduced sediment flux
  3. Sediment flux and nutrient loads, saltwater intrusion
  4. Estuarine physical and ecological response to large hydro-engineering modifications in the watershed and in the estuary itself
  5. Fate, restoration and creation of intertidal flats and other coastal wetlands
  6. Coastal wetland ecology
  7. Identify knowledge gaps and methodology and research needs to acquire this knowledge
  8. Institutional collaboration, ICM and policy modification
  9. Valuation of the ecosystem services of estuaries to society

Abstract template:

Abstract template is downloadable now! Please send us your abstract to this e-mail:, before Sep 15, 2010


Organizing committee:

Pingxing DING, Professor
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research(SKLEC), East China Normal University, China 

Zhongyuan CHEN, Professor
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research(SKLEC), East China Normal University, China

Hua DI, Ping SHI Xuefa SHI, Cheng TANG, Houjie WANG, Zhengbing WANG, Qing HE, Saito YOSHIKI, Juergen WEICHSELGARTNER, Yunxian ZHOU

Scientific committee:

Chairman – Qisheng TANG, Professor/Academician, Fishery research institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences
Vice Chairman – Huib de VRIEND, Professor/Director Science, Deltares, The Netherlands
Dr. Alice NEWTON Professor and LOICZ SSC Chairperson
Dr. Eric WOLANSKI, Professor, James Cook University and Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
Dr. Jing ZHANG, Professor and Academician, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Dr. Jilan SU, Professor and Academician, Second institution of Oceanology, SOA, China
Dr. Marcel STIVE, Professor and Chairman of Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, The Netherlands
Dr. Peter HERMAN, Professor/Head of Department Spatial Ecology, NIOO, The Netherlands.
Dr. Ping SHI, Professor and Director, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, CAS, China
Dr. Ramesh RAMACHANDRAN, Professor and Director, Institute for Ocean Management Anna University, INDIA, Director of LOICZ India node.
Dr. Ying WANG, Professor and Academician, University of Nanjing, China
Dr. Zuosheng YANG, Professor, Ocean University of China


Registration fee:
Free registration, but participants cover their own cost of accommodation and food, etc.


Field trip:
Post-workshop field-trip will be arranged to visit the Yangtze and Yellow river estuaries, and the Bohai bay, etc.
More information will be issued in respect of visa processing, travels, weather, arrival and departure, etc.