A conglomeration of Belgian institutions (including EuroMarine member organisations UGent, RBINS-ODN and ILVO) are hosting the 52nd Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics in May 2020. This colloquium will seek to address the increasing pressures facing the coastal ocean due to human impacts and discuss how to set up a scientifically underpinned ecosystem-based management scheme. The goal is to take positive steps towards a marine ecosystem managed at the science-management-policy interface and which acknowledges the complexity of Drivers-Pressures-Stressors-Impacts-Responses (DPSIR) interactions.
There will be regular sessions on the following themes:
- Assessing the impact of sedimentary changes on the coastal ocean physics, biodiversity and biogeochemistry.
- Assessing the impact of hard substrate introduction on the coastal ocean physics, biodiversity and biogeochemistry.
- Assessing the impact of land-based pressures on the coastal environment, river-estuary-coastal ocean coupling.
- Multiple stressors, multi-use, cumulative effect assessment, including climate change.
- Ecosystem services.
- Indicators definition for ocean health assessment in connection with SDG30 and GES assessment.
- Science base for marine spatial planning.
There will also be a side event on the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms.
Abstracts are currently being accepted and early registration is available until 30 March 2020. For further details on the event, including registration and abstract submission, please follow the links provided.