Session 4: Ecosystem-Social Interactions in the Coastal Sea

About this session

Continental marginal systems are supporting human well-being from important and valuable goods to services, but anthropogenic activity and climate change have substantially altered the oceans and are impacting their ability to sustain ecological and human communities. Integrating environmental, ecological and economic knowledge of continental margin systems, and how these systems may change under different perturbation scenarios, is imperative to understand the interplays between human uses of the oceans, present management strategies of marginal systems, and optimize the services they provide. Lessons learned from multidisciplinary syntheses and inter-regional comparative studies of coastal socio-ecological systems will help rationalize and optimize marginal seas management approaches. This session is aimed at improving our understanding of marginal social-ecological systems, guiding sustainable development of resources and advising governance regimes to facilitate sustainable governance, facilitating equitable sharing of margin resources, and evaluating alternative research approaches and partnerships that address major margin challenges.

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Co-moderators

Su Mei Liu, Ocean University of China, China

Dr. Su Mei LIU is a professor of Chemical Oceanographer at Ocean University of China, major in marine biogeochemistry. Her research focuses on nutrient cycles, nitrogen isotopes, silicon dissolution, environmental evolution, atmospheric nutrient deposition, social-ecosystem interactions. More than 270 papers on marine biogeochemistry have been published. She is a co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group (CMWG) established by Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) and Future Earth Coasts (FEC) (2018 -), and a member of advisory Panel for North Pacific Marine Science Organization/Circulation Research in East Asian Marginal Seas (PICES/CREAMS) (2005 -). She was honored one of Experts with special allowance from the state government (2018), a Special Professor of Taishan Scholars in Shandong Province (2015), an Excellent Scientist of “Aoshan Talents” from Qingdao National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology (2015), National Excellent Scientific and Technological Workers (2014), Science and technology awards for Chinese youth (2011), Distinguished Young Scientists from the National Natural Science Foundation (2009), and Talents Support Plan for the New Century from Ministry of Education (2005).

Suvaluck Satumanatpan, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Suvaluck Satumanatpan is a professor of coastal management at Mahidol University, Thailand. She has been applying an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the complexity of the social-ecological system. She has experienced in integrated policy, governance and legal aspects in her work. Her expertise covers a wide range of topics, including integrated coastal management, coastal and fishery governance, well-being and resilience of small-scale fisheries, environmental impact assessment, and marine protected areas effectiveness. This background has enabled her to contribute to the development of several national policy papers for marine and coastal resources in Thailand.

  • Deadline for abstracts: Extended to 10 October
  • An example abstract is provided here

This session contributes to the following IMBeR Grand and Innovation Challenges

Grand Challenges

Grand Challenge I

Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems

Grand Challenge II

Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales

Grand Challenge III

Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance

Innovation Challenges

Innovation Challenge 3

To Advance Understanding of Ecological Feedback in the Earth System

Innovation Challenge 4

To Advance and Improve the Use of Social Science Data for Ocean Management, Decision Making and Policy Development

Innovation Challenge 5

Interventions to change the course of climate impacts

Innovation Challenge 6

Sustainable management of Blue Carbon ecosystems