EGU2024 GM9.2 Session: Coastal Zone Geomorphological Interactions: Natural and Human-Induced Driving Factors

Published: Wednesday, 01 November 2023 Print Email

EGU 2024

 

It is our great pleasure to invite submissions to the following Coastal and Marine Session at the EGU General Assembly 2024 meeting, Vienna, Austria & Online | 14–19 April 2024 GM9.2 Session: Coastal Zone Geomorphological Interactions: Natural and Human-Induced Driving Factors.

Conveners: Hannes Tõnisson, Margarita Stancheva, Andreas Baas, Riko Noormets, Rosa Molina Gil

The Session is Co-sponsored by the Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS) of the International Geographical Union (IGU) (https://igu-coast.org/). 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/abstractsubmission/48147

IMPORTANT DATES:
  • 01 Dec 2023, 13:00 CET Deadline for support applications
  • 10 Jan 2024, 13:00 CET Deadline for receipt of abstracts

Coastal zones worldwide face a great variety of environmental impacts as well as increased anthropogenic pressures of urbanization and rapid population growth. Over the last decade coastal erosion has emerged as a widespread problem that causes shoreline retreat and irreversible land losses. The attempts of managers and other stakeholders to cope with erosion using different types of hard engineering methods often aggravate this problem, damaging natural landscapes and ecosystems in unexpected and unpredicted ways. Other negative impacts of human activities on littoral environments are the chronic and punctual pollution of beach and coastal sediments, with associated health risks for human beings.

This session gives priority to the subjects of coastal geomorphology: evolution of coastal landforms, coastal morphodynamics, coastline alterations and various associated processes in the coastal zone, e.g. waves and sediment drift, which shape coastal features and cause morphological changes. Contributions to this session will focus on the mechanisms responsible for coastal erosion and shoreline behavior (advance or retreat) and will address the many natural and human factors involved. The topics may include work on historical coastal evolution and using this knowledge for predictions of shoreline change in the future, and discussions on the effects of human activities and their continuing contribution to coastal changes. The session will also cover submissions on coastal vulnerability to the combined effects of natural and human-related hazards, coastal and environmental sensitivity classifications, and risk assessments.
Globally, coastal landscapes (dunes, beach ridges, coastal wetlands etc.) form an important buffer zone between sea and land. These landscapes have become even more important in the light of changing climate (rising sea-level, increased storminess). Today, these landscapes are seriously threatened as people tend to modify landforms and habitats through their actions and regulations, therefore the session invites also studies on natural and human-induced geomorphological changes of coastal landscapes, and recent projects and examples of eco-restoration.

Studies related to Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), including Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), and Land-Sea Interactions LSI) are also welcome!

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