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New Publication


Handbook on Indicators for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management just released by UNESCO

and the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission).


“A handbook for measuring the progress and outcomes of Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management.”


Download here


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Latest newsletter LOICZ INPRINT 2007/2




Call for Abstracts


for the IHDP Open Meeting 2008, "Social Challenges of Global Change"- the 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change - opened up on August 31st, 2007.


We will be accepting abstract submissions for sessions, oral presentations, and

posters until November 30th this year on the new Open Meeting website:


Click here for more information.




Job opportunity


PhD Position in Marine Ecological Modelling


Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ecologie des Systèmes Aquatiques


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New Publication


Estuarine Ecohydrology by Eric Wolanski, Elsevier Press


Bibliographic & ordering Information
Hardbound, 178 pages, publication date: SEP-2007
ISBN-13: 978-0-444-53066-0
ISBN-10: 0-444-53066-5
Imprint: ELSEVIER Bookdescription


Ecohydrology is a multidisciplinary science that integrates disciplines such as hydrology, ecology and mathematical modeling with the aim of generating solutions for the worldwide water crisis. This book, appropriate for use as a textbook and as a reference, focuses on the principal components of an estuary, including the river, the estuarine waters, the sediment, the nutrients, the wetlands, the estuarine food web, and the coastal ocean.  Although each chapter contains rigorous specialist knowledge, it is presented in an accessible way that encourages collaboration between aquatic, marine and wetland biologists, ecologists, oceanographers, geologists, geomorphologists, chemists, and ecosystem modelers.


Estuarine Ecohydrology demonstrates how, based on an understanding of the processes controlling estuarine ecosystem health, one can quantify its ability to cope with human stresses. The theories, models, and real-world solutions presented will serve as a toolkit for designing a management plan for the ecologically sustainable development of an estuary.




“…a brilliant synthesis of the state of the art in estuarine ecohydrology…it opens the perspective for new solutions toward achieving restoration and sustainable development of habitats most intensively used by humanity.” (Maciej Zalewski, Director, UNESCO’s European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology)


“This book is particularly valuable because its perspectives are truly global in nature, encompassing different views from the developed world as well as from developing economies.” (Hartwig Kremer, CEO, Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone)


Wolanski brings vast experience in estuarine and coastal seas research in Oceania and its neighboring regions.  The book makes a most valuable contribution to our international activities for coastal seas environments.” (Masahiko Inatsugi, Adviser on External Relations, International Center for the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas)


“This book provides a deep understanding of the dynamical processes through an ecohydrological approach acting on estuaries.” (Gerardo M.E. Perillo, Co-Chair, Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research-Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone Working Group 122)



The Role of Physical Processes in Mangrove Environments – Manual for the preservation and utilization of mangrove ecosystems - Authors: Yoshihiro Mazda, Eric Wolanski and Peter V. Ridd


This book

1) highlights the importance of physical processes to the researchers and engineers in the developing countries, who are endeavoring to maintain the mangrove environment,

2) makes coastal physical and biological researchers recognize the peculiarity of mangrove physics and the link between physics and biology to maintain environmental health,

3) provides a manual for preserving and utilizing the mangrove environment.

Total pages: 617 pages

Distribution: without charge



The first African Marine Atlas was officially launched on 23 Feb 2007 at the Project Office of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in Ostend, Belgium. The Atlas was developed by the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) with support from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (IOC) of UNESCO and the Government of Flanders, Belgium.


The African Marine Atlas can be accessed at and provides substantial maps, images, data and information to coastal resource managers, planners and decision-makers from various administrative institutions and specialized agencies in Africa. The Atlas will be of immense benefit to national institutions and a variety of users such as environmentalists, local administrators, park managers, scientific community, fishing cooperatives, tourists, hotel keepers, teachers, NGOs, the general public, and any other interested persons. It has over 800 downloadable data products derived from the fields of marine geo-sphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, geopolitical and the human socio-economic dimensions.


The Atlas has brought great benefits to participating national institutions and Africa as a whole, by encouraging scientists to work together, learn new techniques, and build teams that will continue to regularly update the Atlas with national and local scale data sets.


For more information, please contact: Mika Odido (, m.odido@odinafrica.nett)


START/PACOM Call for Proposals related to Environmental Change tendered to the African Global Change Research Community

The objectives of the call are:

1) to directly contribute to global change science in Africa;

2) to enhance the understanding of the impacts and consequences of global changes in Africa,

3) to create long-term, collaborative research partnerships between African scientists and those in developed countries, and

4) to foster the integration of African researchers into the international global change research programmes of ESSP, IHDP, IGBP, WCRP, and DIVERSITAS. Priority will be assigned to proposals that focus on the following three themes:

Theme 1: Climate Variability & Climate Change, especially:

Theme 2: Impacts/Adaptations/Vulnerability to Climate Change

Theme 3: Land Use Change/Ecosystems/Biogeochemical Change/Biodiversity


Deadline for proposal submission 28 February 2007 (24:00 US Eastern Time)

For more information, see


Job vacancy at CEREGE

A 16 months post-doctoral position, is open at the CEREGE laboratory in the framework of a national project CHACCRA: Climate and Human induced alterations in carbon cycling at the river-sea connection. This position is dedicated to the study of grain-size variations within the salt-wedge and the river plume of the Rhone river (France) in relation with physicochemical processes of aggregation, deposition and degradation. A specific attention will be paid to time variations during flood as well as to the bed-load transport. The candidate will also develop the determination of cationic exchange capacity of this SPM. An experience on aggregation-disagregation modelling will be a real benefit in order to work with a model developed in our lab.

Start date: September 2007

More information


New forum online

environmentalresearchweb is an online forum, designed to help you to stay on top of developments in environmental science. 

The website provides a mixture of daily news and analysis, coupled with opinion articles and research highlights.

The forum is accessible through

People who register before 19 February have the chance to win a solar-powered backpack.


Consultation on Maritime Policy

A European vision for the oceans and seas: Towards a future maritime policy for the union (Green paper)


On 7 June 2006, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on a Future Maritime Policy for the European Union. The Green Paper is accompanied by a number of background documents (on issues such as: Managing land/sea interface, on marine related research and the future of European Marine Policy, European Marine Observation and Data Network, climate change) which have been produced by European Commission Working Groups and by the Maritime Policy Task Force which oversaw the drafting of the Green Paper.

This Green Paper will be a success if it forges a consensus among stakeholders – the Member States and citizens – that the EU needs to look at the oceans and seas in an integrated manner, if Europe is to maintain its resource base and to continue being competitive in maritime affairs. This is your chance to voice your opinion on the Green Paper and make your ideas known.


Joint IMBER/LOICZ Continental Margins Open Science Conference – Impacts of global, local and human forcings on biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems.

Shanghai, 17-21 September 2007


High resolution download of first announcement

more information and registration details are available at the conference’s website:


Latest newsletter LOICZ INPRINT 2006/3


Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences

Global Change in the Marine Realm

Funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments this Graduate School aims at educating young scientists in the field of marine sciences. Within a global-change framework these encompass the natural sciences as well as the humanities. Besides becoming experts in their special field the PhD students will get a solid background across many disciplines of marine sciences.

Structured into four Research Areas, (a) Oceans and Climate, (b) Coastal Zone Processes, (c) Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry, (d) Challenges to Society the Graduate School covers a variety of disciplines. It offers a well-structured curriculum with a broad research training programme and the possibility to compete for internal funds.

The Graduate School offers 4 Associate Scientist Positions (one per Research Area) and 3 PhD positions.

More information. Further details and application forms are also available at