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International Workshop
Marginal Seas and Their Coastal Areas – 
Transit and Buffer Zones in Continent–Ocean Interaction 

September 17 – 21, 2015, Yantai, China

(First announcement) 


Marginal Seas play a crucial role in the transformation of particulate matter on the path from continental sources to the sink in the marine realm. The interplay of tectonically, climatically and anthropogenically induced continent-ocean particle fluxes is in particular visible in the river mouth systems and high energetic near coast fringe of the sea. Morphodynamic and biogeochemical cycles on time scales from millennia to decades can be displayed by the application of multi-proxy concepts combined with advances dating techniques, and mapping procedures using offshore geophysical methods. Because of the enormous economic development of these areas and the need of sustainable planning and management functional models of the environmental system of different coastal types and river mouth systems in various climatic zones are needed. These models allow the generation of scenarios not only for recent processes, but also for the geological development of the area and its future projection. Models are important in particular for marginal seas where source and sink of sedimentary load can be traced directly.

The comparison of coastal and river mouth environments of different marginal seas will lead to a deeper understanding of the processes within the land-ocean transition zones.
The general target of the workshop is to foster the exchange of ideas, theoretical concepts numerical models but also concepts in socio-economic response to changes in natural and anthropogenic impacts.

Who is invited?

Geo- and environmental scientists, modelers and computer scientists for oral and poster presentations to discuss scientific results related to the workshop topics. Students and Early Stage Researchers are in particular welcome to join.

Hosted and organized by
Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Co-organized by

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG);
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone East Asia Node (LOICZ-EA);

Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Environmental Processes and Ecological Remediation (KLCEPER), Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
 Association of Coastal Science and Engineering, China Association of Oceanic Engineering (CAOE);
China Future Ocean Alliance (C-FOA);
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC), East China Normal University;
Ocean College, Zhejiang University, China.

 Yongming Luo (Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, China)
 Jan Harff (University of Szczecin, Poland)

Scientific Committee
Boris Chubarenko, Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Kaliningrad, Russia
Qiuming Cheng, York University, Toronto, Canada
Jan Harff, University of Szczecin, Poland
Wensheng Jiang, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Nianzhi Jiao, Amoy University, Xiamen, China

Hee Jun Lee, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Ansan, Korea
Yongming Luo, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, China (chair)

Hoang Van Long, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam
Osamu Matsuda, Hiroshima University, Japan
Charles A. Nittrouer, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Daria Ryabchuk, Russian Geological Research Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
Detlef Schulz-Bull, Leibniz Institute of Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany
Karl Stattegger, University of Kiel, Germany
Jürgen Sündermann, University of Hamburg, Germany
Houjie Wang, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Colin D. Woodroffe, University of Wollongong, Australia
Jiaxue Wu, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Zhen Xia,Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey, China
Chen Ying, Ocean College Zhejiang University, China
Hua Zhang, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, China
Jing Zhang, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Yunxuan Zhou, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Financially sponsored by
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Conference Language: English


Modeling of hydro- and sediment-dynamics of marginal seas,

Sea level change and coastal dynamics – measurement and modeling approaches,

Morphodynamical and biogeochemical modeling of coastal zones,

Dynamics and fate of river mouth systems,

Environmental status of marginal seas – natural processes vs. anthropogenic impacts

Publication of results
Selected manuscripts will be published after the workshop in an internationally acknowledged journal.

Important Dates:

2nd Announcement: February 2015
Abstract Submission: March 2015
Registration and Hotel Reservations: June 2015

Preliminary Programme

Sept 17:        Arrival of participants and Ice breaker Party
Sept 18–19:
Technical sessions
Sept 18:
Joint diner
Sept 20–21:
Field excursion (Laizhou Bay coast, Yellow River Delta)
Sept 22: 
       Departure of participants

Venue and accommodation

Oriental Haitian Hotel
12 Haiyun Road, Laishan District, Yantai City, Shandong Province, China

Costs for participants (preliminary)
Registration fee (including abstract volume, 2 times lunch, joint diner, coffee/snacks during the breaks): 250 USD, for students 120USD
Accommodation: between 50 and 80 USD per night (double room), singles: 90 USD per night
Field excursion: 200 USD including transportation, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, diner, riverboat tickets)

Local Committee
Mr. Cheng Tang (Chair); Ms. Yangfang Li; Ms. Dan Lou; Mr. Xiao Yang

Dr. Yangfang Li
Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, CAS
Chunhui Road 17, Laishan District, Yantai, Shandong, China



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