Towards an understanding and assessment of human impact on coastal marine environments
Towards an understanding and assessment of human impact on coastal marine environments
Editor(s): Ulrike Braeckman, Jan Vanaverbeke, Gert Van Hoey, and Marilaure Grégoire
The coastal ocean (i.e. regions that are directly influenced by their watershed, including estuaries) is under increasing pressures that affect its functioning and health, and compromise the provision of services to society. The implementation of the Blue Growth strategy has led to the multiplication of marine and maritime activities (e.g. dredging, offshore wind farms, eutrophication, fishing, pollution) with consequences for biodiversity and biogeochemistry that are still poorly known, in particular, at ecosystem scales. All these activities are developing in a context of global change (e.g. warming, acidification, deoxygenation, global sea level rise), adding additional complexity to the challenge of unravelling the intricate interplay between multiple stressors that may act synergistically or antagonistically.
In this special issue, we invite contributions to overview progress in our capabilities to understand, monitor, and forecast the impact of human activities on coastal marine environments to support the set-up of an ecosystem-based management scheme for the marine ecosystem. We welcome contributions linking science and policy, taking account of selecting useful and communicable indicators for ecosystem health, targeting ecosystem services, and making use of novel analytical tools acknowledging the complexity of driver–pressure–stressor–impact–response interactions.

This special issue is an output of the 52nd international Ocean Liège Colloquium on “Towards an understanding and assessment of human impact on coastal marine environments” that was organized online from 17–22 May 2021.

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12 Jan 2023
Sediment quality assessment in an industrialized Greek coastal marine area (western Saronikos Gulf)
Georgia Filippi, Manos Dassenakis, Vasiliki Paraskevopoulou, and Konstantinos Lazogiannis
Biogeosciences, 20, 163–189,,, 2023
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14 Dec 2022
Interannual variability of the initiation of the phytoplankton growing period in two French coastal ecosystems
Coline Poppeschi, Guillaume Charria, Anne Daniel, Romaric Verney, Peggy Rimmelin-Maury, Michaël Retho, Eric Goberville, Emilie Grossteffan, and Martin Plus
Biogeosciences, 19, 5667–5687,,, 2022
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16 Sep 2022
Observed and projected global warming pressure on coastal hypoxia
Michael M. Whitney
Biogeosciences, 19, 4479–4497,,, 2022
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01 Jun 2022
Modeling interactions between tides, storm surges, and river discharges in the Kapuas River delta
Joko Sampurno, Valentin Vallaeys, Randy Ardianto, and Emmanuel Hanert
Biogeosciences, 19, 2741–2757,,, 2022
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20 May 2022
Trawling effects on biogeochemical processes are mediated by fauna in high-energy biogenic-reef-inhabited coastal sediments
Justin C. Tiano, Jochen Depestele, Gert Van Hoey, João Fernandes, Pieter van Rijswijk, and Karline Soetaert
Biogeosciences, 19, 2583–2598,,, 2022
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