Relative Sea Level and Muddy Coasts of the World

Chair: Ying Wang (China-Beijing)

Other Full Members: Carl Amos (Canada), Pieter Augustinus (USA), M. Baba (India), Miguel Fortes (Philippines), Terry Healy (New Zealand), Björn Kjerve (USA), Eduardo Marone (Brazil), Ashish Mehta (USA), and Eric Wolanski (Australia)

Associate Members: Burg Fleming (Germany), Han Mukang (China-Beijing), Tad Murty (Australia), Jin Niu (China-Beijing), Yara Schaeffer-Novelli (Brazil), and Xiankun Ke (China-Beijing)

Terms of Reference

  • To review the oceanographic, geomorphologic, and sedimentary dynamics of muddy coasts.
  • To assess the impact of sea level rise on the sedimentary evolution of muddy coasts, with special reference to the trapping of fine-grained sediment in estuaries and tidal inlets.
  • To assess the impact of sea level rise on the natural environment of muddy coasts with emphasis on mangrove forests and salt marshes.
  • To assess the impact of sea level rise on the utilization of shallow muddy coasts and to recommend necessary research, data collection, and monitoring for the future management of muddy coastal zones.
  • To assess the impact of the cohesive properties of fine-grained sediments on the behaviour of (estuarine) tidal flats, subject to sea level rise.
  • To produce a book/monograph for SCOR on the findings of the Working Group.

Approved: October 1994

Financial Sponsors: SCOR, U.S. National Science Foundation

Product: Muddy Coasts of the World: Processes, Deposits and Function