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Wetlands Ecology and Management

Wetlands Ecology and Management

Main editors: E. Wolanski; C.S. Hopkinson; T. Asaeda; B.G. Warner

ISSN: 0923-4861 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-9834 (electronic version)

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Theme: Coastal Wetlands of India: Threats and Solutions 

Reviews and Special issues Editor
Prof. Eric Wolanski
James Cook University
Managing Guest Editor
Dr. Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Kerala
Kariavattom, Kerala
Guest Editors
Dr. Deepak Samuel
National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Dr. Biju Kumar
Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries
University of Kerala
Dr. Katharine A. Owens
Department of Politics, Economics and International Studies
University of Hartford
Objective and Theme
India has a coastline of 7,516 km and nearly 250 million people live within a distance of 50 km
from the coast. The varied coastal ecosystems include estuaries, lagoons, mangroves,
backwaters, salt marshes, mud flats, rocky shores and sandy stretches.
Though human impacts on coastal wetlands specifically are less understood and publicized than
those on its terrestrial counterpart, their potential effects are no less threatening. The major direct
threats can be divided into several interrelated categories including pollution (from land-based and
other sources including eutrophication and marine debris such as plastics), over exploitation of
marine living resources, introduction of alien species, habitat degradation caused by coastal
development, global climate change, and their social aspects. Recognition of the scale of the
problem and the nature of the underlying causes will inform sustainable conservation of the
coastal ecosystems of India.
Themes (restricted to coastal wetlands of India)
1. Physico-chemical and biological processes in coastal wetlands
2. Hydrogeochemisty, biogeochemistry, biodiversity and greenhouse gas production
3. Coastal and marine biodiversity, anthropogenic stresses and pollution including its social
4. Natural disasters in coastal systems
5. Effects of climate change and sea level rise in coastal wetlands
6. Conservation and sustainable management of coastal/ marine resources
7. Ecosystem services
8. Economic valuation of coastal ecosystem
9. Socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of coastal wetlands degradation
10.Blue carbon: carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands
 Deadline First submission: July 31,2019
 A full research paper has no more than 8,000 words, 8 figures, and 4 tables maximum.
 A short paper has no more than 4,000 words, 4 figures, and 1 table.
 Please submit online via Editorial Manager and select article type “SI: Coastal Wetlands of
India: Threats and Solutions”.
Contact information
Prof. Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Kerala
Kariavattom, Kerala
Phone: +91-471-2308146; +91-94472-20009
About the Guest Editors
Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent, Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences,
University of Kerala, is teaching and doing research in coastal wetlands. She is currently the
Indian Ambassador for Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association. She has conducted
workshops on “Biogeochemistry of Coastal Lakes” and the National Seminar on “Environmental
Status of Coastal Wetlands of India”.
Dr. Deepak Samuel works as a Scientist in the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Resources
Division (CMR) at the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai.
He is an invertebrate taxonomist assessing the health of coastal and marine ecosystems and
preparing conservation management plans.
Dr. Biju Kumar serves as Dean of Science in University of Kerala and Professor in the
Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, who is specializing in marine
biodiversity, integrative taxonomy, ecosystem modelling, and policy issues. Dr. Kumar is currently
interested in climate change implications on aquatic ecosystems and invasive alien species.
Dr. Katharine A. Owens is a National Geographic Explorer who seeks to link environmental
science with policymaking. Her work has been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, the Stevens Initiative, and the Fulbright Nehru program. Her recent work
empowers teachers and students to provide policymakers in India with local data about marine

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    Wetlands Ecology and Management is an international journal that publishes authoritative and original articles on topics relevant to freshwater, brackish and marine coastal wetland ecosystems. The Journal serves as a multi-disciplinary forum covering key issues in wetlands science, management, policy and economics. As such, Wetlands Ecology and Management aims to encourage the exchange of information between environmental managers, pure and applied scientists, and national and international authorities on wetlands policy and ecological economics.

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