Abstract Template

Abstracts addressing the symposium themes are currently being solicited. Please use the guidelines for abstract formatting and send your abstract by e-mail to: [email protected]

The abstract deadline is 30 June 2007. Authors will receive confirmation of acceptance of their abstracts by 31 August 2007. Only abstracts of authors who have paid their registration fees by 1 October 2007 will be scheduled into the final programme.

Authors wishing to have their papers reviewed for publication in a special issue of Marine and Freshwater Research will be required to submit complete manuscripts by the end of the Symposium (February 22, 2008). Please, see the details regarding the manuscript format of the manuscripts. All papers will then be peer reviewed with approximately 25 papers selected for the special issue of Marine and Freshwater Research. Symposium registrants will receive this special issue as part of the registration fee.

Language of the Symposium
The official language for the Symposium will be English which will be used for all presentations and printed material.

Presentation formats
The Symposium programme will consist both of plenary and parallel sessions for oral presentations and poster sessions. Oral and poster contributions will carry equal scientific status, and posters will have a truly vital role in fostering discussions among participants.

Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, allowing additional 5 minutes for discussion. Please submit your Power Point presentation on a CD or Flash drive at the registration desk one day before presentation.

Posters should be prepared to fit within 95 cm (width) x 110 cm (height) in the portrait format. You are kindly asked to post your presentation on the morning of your session and take them off by the evening the same day.

Abstract Formatting Requirements

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Session Information

A. Processes at the Sediment-Water Scale
Our ability to manage aquatic ecosystems is reliant on understanding small-scale processes, particularly mass exchange across the sediment-water interface, and the interaction between ecological components. This Theme aims to highlight recent progress in our understanding of these processes. Potential session topics include:
A1 - Microscale processes: Particulates and aquatic/marine ecology: light, biology and physics; 
A2 - Interface characteristics: Processes at the sediment-water interface: physics, biology and geochemistry, benthic-pelagic coupling in marine and coastal ecosystems;
A3 - Sediment and benthic photosynthesis: algal mats, biofilms and seagrasses;
A4 - Sediment microbiology: characterization and functionality, nutrient cycling in sediments.

B. Disturbance, Remediation and Management of Sediment-Water Systems
Many of our aquatic and marine ecosystems have experienced disturbance on a massive scale. Remediation and management is now being required at a system or catchment scale. This Theme aims to explore our progress in understanding the impact of disturbance and our ability to manage that impact. Potential session topics include:
B1 - Impact of extreme events on sediment and sediment transport; tsunamis, hurricanes, flash floods; 
B2 - Catchment processes: hydrology, biogeochemistry and management
B3 - Impact of climate change on hydrology, sediment-water interactions and aquatic/marine ecology
B4 - Restoration of aquatic and marine systems, European Water Framework Directive and National Action Plans.

C. Linkages Between Terrestrial, Aquatic and Marine Systems
Sediment and water link terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems and provide conduits for the transfer of nutrients and other pollutants. This Theme aims to highlight recent descriptions of these linkages, the resulting processes and their impacts. Potential session topics include:
C1 - Riparian zone and groundwater discharge zone dynamics: hydrology and biogeochemistry;
C2 - Hyporrheic exchanges of sediment and water
C3 - Extreme sediments: Acid sulfate soils, processes and management, hydrocarbons and sediment; oil, gas and gas hydrates, sediments of anoxic environments;
C4 - Alteration of sediment characteristics under the influence of pollutants.