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A Look to the Future 

A multidisciplinary international journal, Anthropocene Coasts brings together diverse fields of study to tackle complex issues related to coastal regions in the Anthropocene. Anthropocene Coasts publishes research on some of the most complex questions facing human-influenced coastal environments. A forum to discuss anthropogenic change, specifically in the context of coastal and estuarine regions, the journal brings together experts from diverse fields to connect on topics that will dramatically affect the future of our coasts.

Anthropocene Coasts aims to become the premier destination to read the newest research on these topics, as well as a rigorously reviewed forum for publishing the latest research on anthropogenic effects on coastal regions. The work published in Anthropocene Coasts will enable researchers across the world to debate these issues and will help to inform and guide those responsible for policy and management actions on the coast. This exchange will aim to cover theoretical foundations, tools, methods, and case studies. To meet the needs of the diverse research community, the coverage will be broad and Anthropocene Coasts will promote robust, science-based solutions that can inform policy, risk management, infrastructure design, conservation and development; and build pathways for new research.  



Anthropocene Coasts publishes multidisciplinary research that aims to understand and predict the effects of human activities, including climate change, on estuarine and coastal regions. Anthropocene Coasts publishes primary research articles, research reviews, topical communications, and letters.

The Anthropocene is the period during which human activities have had a marked environmental impact on the Earth, and Coasts embraces all aspects of the land–sea interface. Anthropocene Coasts therefore seeks to identify and document the influence of human activities on contemporary coastal processes (physical, biological and chemical processes across the land–sea interface) and the implications for other aspects of these systems including social, economic, and legal considerations.

Improved understanding of changes in the structure and function of systems and the cumulative impact of a succession of imposed changes is critical if adaptation to change is to be appropriate and timely. Anthropogenic effects on coastal regions can be difficult to define and there are often many differing perspectives on what constitutes appropriate solutions. Research that explores potential solutions to these complex issues is encouraged and can include topics such as:
  • Changes in coastal hazard patterns and the implications for safety;
  • The role of coastal ecosystem services and how these may change;
  • Implications of population growth and urban expansion on the coast;
  • Adaptation in response to change and methods to enhance coastal sustainability;
  • Interactions with society (including aspects such as economics, policy/legislation and regulation, social mobility, technology, engineering and risk management);
  • Observations, modelling and theoretical advances to better detect and understand change.
Submissions that do not have a clear human or multidisciplinary component are more suited to one of the existing discipline-based journals and are unlikely to be considered for publication.



Founding Co-Editor

Dr. Shu Gao – East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Gao completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies at Nanjing University and received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK, in 1996. After a three-year research fellowship at Southampton Oceanography Centre in the UK, he returned to China where he served as a research professor with the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for five years, and then as a professor in the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences at Nanjing University for 15 years. His research focuses on marine sediment dynamics, environmental dynamics associated with tidal environments, and coastal geomorphology. In 2015, Dr. Gao became the Director of the State Key Laboratory for Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University (Shanghai); and in 2016, he was appointed as the first dean of East China Normal University’s newly established School of Marine Science. He has published over 300 research papers in peer-reviewed journals (including over 100 SCI papers) and 30 articles as book contributions. He has served as an Associate Editor and Board Member on several journals, including Continental Shelf Research, Marine Geology, China Ocean Engineering, Acta Oceanologica Sinica, and the Chinese Journal of Limnology and Oceanography


Prof. Ian Townend – University of Southampton, United Kingdom 

Prof. Ian Townend completed his B.Sc. in Engineering Science at Exeter University in 1975. Since 2014, he has worked at the University of Southampton and as an independent advisor on coastal science and engineering applications. He is also a regular visitor to China where he has ongoing collaborations at State Key Laboratory for Estuaries and Coasts, East China Normal University, Shanghai, and Hohai University in Nanjing.

As a Chartered Engineer and marine scientist, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and a Member of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He has served on a wide variety of international and national bodies and advisory boards, and as Chair of the Editorial Panel for Maritime Engineering (ICE). He is currently on the editorial boards for China Ocean Engineering and Frontiers: Coastal Ocean Processes. His own research relates to estuaries and coasts and involves a wide range of interests related to the system response to change, including hydraulics, sediment transport, geomorphology, associated habitats and ecosystems and anthropogenic activities. He has published over 150 journal, book chapter and conference papers.



Anthropocene Coasts is an innovative international partnership journal, jointly developed and co-owned by Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) and East China Normal University (ECNU). The international partnership also reflects the global nature of the Anthropocene, as coastal regions all over the world are grappling with anthropogenic effects on physical, chemical, biological and anthropogenic processes. The journal serves as a venue for the discussion of these problems and for developing science-based solutions, which are relevant across international boundaries.

Anthropocene Coasts is the first global journal published in partnership between Canada and China.

CSP is Canada’s premier science publisher and publishes a suite of 23 journals, many of which have been in publication since 1929. More recently, CSP has launched two fully open access journals, Arctic Science and FACETS.

ECNU was founded in Shanghai in 1951 and is one of the most prestigious universities in China. Since 1978, ECNU has positioned itself as a comprehensive research university and places much focus on the development of cooperative partnerships around the world. In developing this new journal, ECNU and CSP have the opportunity to foster this international relationship and also extend and support the development of a new topic of inquiry.


Why Publish

  • Anthropocene Coasts serves as a vehicle for top researchers studying the complex problems facing the world’s coastal and estuary regions.
  • Research published in Anthropocene Coasts will work towards formalizing anthropogenic processes that cannot be described with current scientific frameworks and will leverage the expertise of a diverse set of researchers across disciplinary boundaries to develop new research frameworks to understand these complex issues.
  • Recognising that coastal regions are among some of the world’s most important economic drivers, a journal dedicated to these regions and the human impact is vital to our environment and economy.
  • Anthropocene Coasts recognizes the importance of international collaboration. Bringing together an Editorial Board that is truly international highlights the importance of international approaches to issues that affect much of the world’s people and environment.
  • Anthropocene Coasts is designed to profile emerging research in a new field of study and provide a forum for experts studying these issues to connect, read, and build on the work of others.
  • Anthropocene Coasts is solutions-driven. The journal provides a trusted peer-reviewed resource that can help to inform science-based management and policy decisions of international relevance.


Open Access Information

Anthropocene Coasts is an open access journal.
  • Anthropocene Coasts provides free public access to the final peer reviewed published article.
  • Access is immediate and permanent.
  • Reuse is permitted under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
  • Authors pay an article processing charge to make the final published version free to read on the Anthropocene Coasts website.
The article processing charge for Anthropocene Coasts is $2,000 USD for articles and reviews and $1,600 USD for commentaries, letters, rapid communications, and technical advances.

The article processing charge will be waived on all submissions received by December 31, 2018.


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