Impacts of Global Change on Deltas, Estuaries and Coastal Lagoons (DeltaNet Conference)

Venue: Sant Carles de la Ràpita Cultural Center

Location: Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Ebro Delta, Catalonia, Spain

Event Date/Time: Jun 06, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2011
Registration Date: May 31, 2011
Early Registration Date: Mar 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2011
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Description

Objectives
Our overarching objective is to analyze and synthesize the main impacts of global change on estuarine systems from the perspective of research, observation, management and governance. Our intention is to understand the state-of-the-art and discuss future perspectives and strategies for collaboration between networks. The meeting will consider the main specific problems of deltaic systems, in particular water and sediment management under a scenario of increasing sea level and flooding risks, in order to discuss solutions based on an integrated and systematic approach. Another goal of the DeltaNet Symposium will be to involve other international networks on deltas, to hold a summit of world delta networks that will chart future collaboration avenues.

Location
The Symposium will be held in the Ebro Delta, one of the most important and endangered Mediterranean coastal wetlands. The Ebro Delta is located in Catalonia (Spain), some 150 Km South of Barcelona. With a surface of 330 km2, the Delta contains protected wetland areas rich in waterfowl and fisheries. These natural values support important economic activities associated with tourism, hunting, fishing and aquaculture. A majority of the surface area of the Delta, however, is devoted to agriculture (mainly rice fields), which occupies 60% of the delta. The city of Sant Carles de la Ràpita (town of the event) is famous for its fishing port, seafood gastronomy and touristic resorts.

Preliminary Program
June 6, Monday. DeltaNet Project Workshops 10.00h – 13.00h. Workshop 3 Integrated Delta Approach (theme 1)
10.00h – 13.00h. Workshop 1 on Healthy Delta Environment (theme 3)
13.00h – 14.00h. Lunch
14.00h – 17.00h. Workshop 2 on Flood Risk and Sediment Management (theme 2)
17.00h – 17.30h. Coffee break.
17.30h – 19.30h. Steering Committee of DeltaNet Project.
June 7, Tuesday. DeltaNet Project Workshops, study visit and Deltas Summit 09.00h. – 11.30h. Meeting of DeltaNet partners (responsible theme partners).
09.00h. – 11.30h. Conference Registration.
11.30h – 12.00h. Coffee break.
12.00h – 18.00h. Study visit to the Ebro Delta. (we will visit the main restoration, management and observation projects taking place in the Delta).
18.00h. – 20.00h. Summit of Delta Networks
20.30h. Welcome Ceremony
June 8, Wednesday. Conference Sessions 09.00h – 11.00h. Plenary Session Responses of deltas, estuaries and coastal lagoons to sea level rise and extreme climatic events (including responses of natural and human systems)
11.00h. – 11.30h. Coffee break & poster session.
11.30h – 13.30h. Plenary Session Sediment imbalances and management solutions (from local to watershed scales)
13.30h – 15.00h. Lunch
15.00h – 17.00h. Parallel Sessions (four sessions)
17.00h – 17.30h. Coffee break & poster session.
17.30h – 19.30h. Parallel Sessions, continuation (four sessions)
21.00h. Conference Dinner
June 9, Thursday. Conference Sessions 09.00h – 11.00h. Plenary Session Observation and monitoring of coastal systems
11.00h. – 11.30h. Coffee break & poster session.
11.30h – 13.30h. Plenary Session Low-energy and low-carbon management and planning of coastal areas (including urban and natural areas)
13.30h – 15.00h. Lunch
15.00h – 17.00h. Parallel Sessions (four sessions)
17.00h – 17.30h. Coffee break & poster session.
17.30h – 19.30h. Parallel Sessions, continuation (four sessions)
June 10, Friday. Optional excursions. 09.00h – 18.00h. Day-excursions to the Delta and surroundings.

Scientific Committee
Dr. John W. Day (President), Louisiana State University, LA, USA.
Dr. Jimmy Adegoke, University of Missouri – Kansas City, KA, USA.
Dr. Rhoda Ballinger, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
Dr. Nuno Caiola, IRTA Aquatic Ecosystems, Catalonia, Spain.
Dr. Jordi Corbera, Director of the Catalan Earth Observation Program, Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Robert Christian, East Carolina University, USA.
Dr. Jordi Galofré, Director of the Coastal Management Service of Tarragona, Spain.
Dr. Liviu Giosan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA.
Dr. Patrick Grillas, Station Biologique Tour du Valat, France.
Dr. Boris Hochfeld, Hamburg Port Authority, Germany.
Dr. Carles Ibáñez, IRTA Aquatic Ecosystems, Catalonia, Spain.
Dr. Antoni Munné, Water Agency of Catalonia (ACA), Catalonia, Spain.
Dr. George Postma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Dr. Enrique Reyes, East Carolina University, NC, USA.
Dr. Albert Rovira, IRTA Aquatic Ecosystems, Catalonia, Spain.
Dr. Yoshiki Saito, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan.
Dr. Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Catalonia, Spain.
Dr. Xavier Simon, University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain.
Dr. Mircea Staras, Danube Delta National Institute, Romania.
Dr. James Stefanov, U.S. Geological Survey, MO, USA.
Dr. James Syvitski, University of Colorado, CO, USA.
Dr. Pierluigi Viaroli, University of Parma, Italy.
Dr. Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia, INECOL, Veracruz, Mexico.

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Additional Information

Registration January 1 - March 31 Early registration and Abstract Submission April 1 – May 31 Late registration March 31, 2011 Abstract submission deadline April 10, 2011 Confirmation of abstracts acceptance The registration fee covers the expenses of lunch, coffee breaks, study visit and Conference dinner Early registration (January 1 - March 31) 200 € Late registration (April 1 – May 31) 300 € Student* Early registration (December 15 - March 31) 70 € Student* Late registration (April 1 – May 31) 90 €