Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent session 2: S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs


Chair: Fiona Valesini, Kieryn Kilminster and Chris Hallett
There are few other environments where the concepts of ‘connectivity’ and ‘sustainability’ across natural-societal realms come into sharper focus than in estuaries. These diverse and productive ecosystems provide connective pathways from catchment to coast, and are major nuclei for people given the extensive societal benefits they provide. Seven of the eight Australian capital cities and 22 of the 32 largest cities globally are located on estuaries, which has, however, led to them becoming among the most degraded of all aquatic ecosystems. Resultant threats to food security, safety, livelihoods, culture and diversity provide clear evidence of the tight interdependence between environmental and societal sustainability in these systems. Maintaining or remediating estuarine health is a global challenge, reflecting their complexity, often highly modified states, myriad of uses and users, conflicts over preserving ecological vs economic interests and the need for truly collaborative efforts across research disciplines, stakeholders and institutions. Presentations are invited in the areas of: Understanding trade-offs in estuarine and societal health, estuarine and/or societal health indices, resilience and ‘tipping points, quantifying estuarine ecosystem services, approaches for supporting adaptive management across estuarine-societal systems, and Forecasting system change under future scenarios.
Sponsor of Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs. – Regional Estuaries Initiative

  • Session Details
  • LocationBallroom 1, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade
  • Session TimeWednesday 5th July 10:30am to 12:30pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
10:30am to 10:50am Threats and Risks to sustainability of NSW estuaries Peter Scanes S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
10:50am to 11:10am Lessons for improved monitoring and reporting of estuarine condition across Australia Chris Hallett S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
11:10am to 11:30am Assessment of estuarine health in a heavily urbanised and industrialised estuary Rebecca Swanson S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
11:30am to 11:50am Sustainable load assessments for Lake Macquarie using ecosystem response modelling and empirical data Angus Ferguson S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
11:50am to 12:10pm Flood 2017 - Impacts on environmental and social values of an urban estuary Kerry Trayler S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
12:10pm to 12:15pm Are Process Indicators Better Than Inventory Indicators For Determining Estuarine Ecosystem Health? David Deeley PEP Talk
12:15pm to 12:20pm Assessing the impacts of land-based discharges on ecosystem structure and function of urban waterways. Katherine Dafforn PEP Talk
12:20pm to 12:25pm Towards a long-term monitoring program for Darwin Harbour. Simon Townsend PEP Talk