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Global Coastal Future: Human Signatures and Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Karen Wiltshire
AWI Bremerhaven

Veranstalter: Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Montag, 26.6.2017: 16:15 - 17:45 Uhr; ABG7 - R.E59

Increasing pressure on and utilization of coastal and shelf seas in combination with global issues such as those related to climate change presents as a serious challenge to the management of future oceans. Associated challenges include sea level rise and safety of equity, healthy aquaculture, high-level tourism, transport/shipping and sustainable ecosystems. In this paper the global complexity and extent of human use of coastal seas is illuminated and the urgent need globally for new terms of coordinative management highlighted. The term urbanization in the context of the human expansion into coastal and shelf seas is introduced. It is shown that Urbanization of the sea is a given. Future human health, economies and industry are dependent on the integrity and function of coastal and shelf seas. We urgently need scientific research into new marine “ecostructures” and engineering for sustainable marine infrastructures. We need to implement new technologies and stations for observing and monitoring our coastal systems. We need to manage and plan human requirements. We need to accept the urbanization of the seas and oceans as a fact.
Humans need this space.
Only this acceptance will allow us take on this major challenge as policy makers and coastal sea managers order to deal with it wisely and in a holistic integrative manner.

Kontakt: Wiltshire, Karen
Forschungsbereich 3: Marine Ökologie
Telefon +49 4725 819-3238, E-Mail: karen.wiltshire@awi.de

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