The 4th International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management In a changing climate
July 2 – 5, 2018

The coastal marine environment constitutes a biological, geochemical, and physical milieu without which life would not exist. Marine waters provide habitat for 1-2 million aquatic species; ~96% use the coastal zone during their lives. Ocean phytoplankton, converting solar energy to food, produce half the oxygen by plant life on Earth.

The 4th ICZM symposium will again be hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Norway in Arendal, Norway, and held on July 2 – 5, 2018.  This multi-disciplinary international conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, to share experiences and to develop networks.


1. Coastal habitats and ecosystem services

    - Spatial scale of population dynamics and local adaptation
    - Terrestrial-freshwater-marine interactions
    - Importance of coastal habitats for fish stocks and biodiversity
    - Goods and services of the coastal systems
    - Indicators of coastal ecosystem health
    - Valuation of ecological qualities
    - Indicators of sustainability (societal, ecological)
    - Indigenous value of coastal habitats
    - Vulnerability assessment
    - Utilization of modern seabed- and habitat mappings

2. Adaptation/mitigation to change in coastal systems

    - Forecasting biological and ecosystem responses to climate change
    - Coastal tourism and urbanisation
    - Eutrophication and pollution
    - Invasive species
    - Pulse impacts (regional flooding, oil spills)
    - Maritime Transport
    - Coastal renewable energy
    - Cumulative impacts
    - Habitat destruction and modification
    - Coastal use and coastal defence

3. Understanding future climate impacts in coastal areas

    - Resistance and resilience of coastal ecosystems

    - Adaptive capacity to respond to climate change
    - New methods (GIS, remote sensing, LiDAR, simulations and ecosystem modeling)
    - Genomic approaches to understanding biological change

4. Coastal governance

    - Managing multiple resource and area uses
    - Multi-scale governance structures
    - Involving stakeholders in Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
    - Scales of stakeholder involvement
    - The role of dissemination and public perception in coastal policies
    - Lessons learned (especially related to evolving/adaptive management)

5. Linking science and management

    - How can indicators be useful to improve management practices
    - Information needs for policy making and management
    - Linking watersheds and the coastal zone
    - Linking Coastal Zone Management and marine value creation (fisheries and aquaculture)
    - Managing water resources (water quality and supply)
    - Preserving cultural heritage and local coastal communities
    - Resolving problems of scale and seasonality
    - Integrating science advice into policy decisions
    - Blue growth

Important dates

    15 January 2018 - Abstract submission deadline
    1 March 2018 - Abstract acceptance notification
    1 April 2018 - Early registration deadline
    2-5 July 2018  - Symposium
    4 July 2018 - Manuscript submission deadline

Information / Contact

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Where and when?
Arendal, Norway, 2 – 5 July 2018


Venue: Tyholmen Hotel, Arendal


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