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Preface: European lagoons—need for further comparison across spatial and temporal scales

  • A. Razinkovas
  • Z. Gasiūnaitė
  • P. Viaroli
  • J. M. Zaldívar

Even though coastal lagoons cover 13% of the world coastline (Barnes, 1995) and only 5.3% of the European coastline (Kjerfve, 1994), they are considered to be the most valuable components of the coastal area (Gonenc & Woflin, 2005). Lagoon ecosystems are important beyond their geographical coverage at local and regional scale, playing a significant role in regulation of freshwater inputs to the marine environment, being sinks and biogeochemical reactors for nutrients and toxic substances originated from terrestrial sources as well as nurseries for many marine species and migratory birds. Lagoons for centuries have had a very important socio-economic role for the local populations, and have been exploited in many ways even more intensively than adjacent sea areas. Increasing human use and development pressures in coastal zones make these dynamic and productive ecosystems very sensitive and vulnerable to deterioration. This has resulted in direct and indirect impacts that have...


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The conference idea and organization was strongly supported administratively and financially by the Coastal Research and Planning Institute, Klaipeda University (KU CORPI), and the EU COLAR (Coastal and Lagoon Resource Centre) project. We acknowledge the support of Italian Lagoon Observational Network (LaguNet), Consortium for Coordination of Research Activities Concerning the Venice Lagoon System (CORILA), Institute of Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre CCE (Ispra, Italy), EU Network of Excellence on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MARBEF), Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone Programme (LOICZ), European Land Ocean Interaction Studies thematic network (ELOISE), EU DITTY Project (Development of an Information Technology Tool for the Management of European Southern Lagoons under their influence of river-basin runoff), The Baltic-Sea-Watersketch-project (strategies for a Sustainable River Basin Management). We also thank Gianmarco Giordani (University of Parma and LaguNet) for the invaluable continuous support. Finally, we wish to thank the International Scientific Committee of the Conference and anonymous reviewers who were extremely helpful in the choice of invited participants and in the manuscript revision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Razinkovas
    • 1
  • Z. Gasiūnaitė
    • 1
  • P. Viaroli
    • 2
  • J. M. Zaldívar
    • 3
  1. 1.Coastal Research and Planning InstituteKlaipėda UniversityKlaipedaLithuania
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesParma UniversityParmaItaly
  3. 3.Institute for Environment and SustainabilityEuropean Commission, Joint Research CentreIspraItaly

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