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FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - All at Sea? Synergies between
past and present
coastal processes and ecology.
Conference, Loughborough University, UK, 22nd-23rd April
Abstract Deadline: 26th February.
'Early Bird' Booking Rates available till the 12th March.
Organisers: Dr D. B. Ryves, Professor N. J. Anderson & Dr
Key Note Speakers: Professor Antony Long, University of
Professor Graham Underwood, University of Essex.
Coastal zones are dynamic systems. They are high-energy
exhibiting rapid spatial and temporal change and are
The complex interaction of physical processes operating on
both short (e.g.
tides, fluvial input of nutrients and sediment) and
timescales(e.g. climate & sea level change) form the
driving force for many
of the biological, chemical and sedimentological processes
that occur in
these systems. Coastal zones are unique in their steep
conditions (e.g. salinity) which produce distinctive
In recent years human impact has seriously altered many of
systems resulting in issues such as eutrophication,
resources and pollution catching media attention. Such
changes make it increasingly difficult to understand the
natural physical processes and ecological changes
operating within the
coastal zone. These complex issues must be dealt with
before we can begin to
use these archives as palaeo-records for understanding the
past, for which
they offer great potential to integrate the independent
marine records of past climatic and environmental change.
the past in these terms we can provide valuable context
recent and future change.
This conference aims to address the following questions:
1. How do physical, biological and chemical processes in
the coastal zone
impact ecological communities and how do these communities
change and evolve
2. Can we successfully isolate natural environmental
change from human
impact in modern and recent coastal systems?
3. How can we most effectively apply complex contemporary
information to improve our interpretation of
4. How can we integrate complex contemporary ecological
time-averaged palaeo-data to improve policy and management
ecological systems and future predictions under changing
This conference will be composed of four sessions
1. The contemporary coastal zone: physical, biological and
2. Assessment of the strength of climatic and
inferences from palaeoecological investigations.
3. Formation of the palaeo-record in high-energy
taphonomy and diagenesis
4. Integrating contemporary and palaeo datasets from the
synthesis and visions for the future.
For more information and registration details see:
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Sally Little, PhD Student, Loughborough University
PhD Student, Department of Geography, Loughborough
Conference co-organiser: All at Sea? Synergies between
past and present coastal process and ecology
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