Stream 5: Crossdisciplinary and open topics
Repairing the world’s estuaries: opportunities and constraints in the Anthropocene
- N. Waltham, M. Sheaves
- TropWATER, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Orals and posters
The spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas continues to compromise the utility of estuaries and coastal wetlands as productive nursery habitats essential for aquatic life. The unplanned and unregulation of coastal urban sprawl in the worlds’ estuaries increasingly contributes to poor water quality, altered freshwater flow, contaminant pollution, loss of habitat, light pollution, invasive species, sedimentation/eutrophication – the list goes on. Although these impacts have been widely studied, less is known about mitigative attempts, nor have strategies been developed and coordinated to deliver system repair and protection outcomes. For Governments to invest considerable funding into repair of coastal estuaries, requires confidence that this investment will return biodiversity dividends. This session seeks to bring together managers and scientists to discuss new research, innovation, and to build collaborative network in the field of system repair and eco-engineering, ready for the challenge of changing coastal seascapes.