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15 August 2022

Coastal Pollution, Ecosystem & Human Health Risk Management in East Asia (YES 2021, The 6th Korea-China Symposium on Environmental Health and Ecological Safety)

The prestigious journal Environment International is now announcing a special issue entitled "Coastal Pollution, Ecosystem & Human Health Risk Management in East Asia".

Guest editors:

Prof Jong Seong Khim,
Seoul National University,
[email protected],
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Research Institute of Oceanography, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Prof Tieyu Wang,
Shantou University,
[email protected],
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Marine Disaster Prediction and Prevention, Shantou University, China

Prof Xiaowei Zhang,
Nanjing University
[email protected],
School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China

Prof Seongjin Hong,
Chungnam National University,
[email protected],
Department of Marine Environmental Sciences, Chungnam National University, Republic of Korea

Special issue information:

Marine ecosystems of East Asia have long been deteriorated by various environmental pollutants primarily due to anthropogenic activities in rapidly developing countries, such as Korea and China. Coastal pollution threatens the sustainability of ecosystem and potentially human health, which causes negative impacts on varying ecosystem services. The coastal pollution by traditional and emerging chemicals in East Asia would be of continuing significant concern in this aspect. In order to protect and conserve the regional coasts and sea, joint efforts of neighboring countries in East Asia should be emphasized. In particular, cooperation between Korea and China would be essential to resolve the pollution issues in the Yellow Sea as both countries share the very ecosystem geographically and socio-economically.

The Yellow Sea Ecosystem Symposium (YES) was established in 2015, upon the scientific needs and challenges of solving the riverine and coastal pollution issues along the Yellow Sea coastal regions. The theme of the YES 2021 was “Coastal Pollution, Ecosystem & Human Health Risk Management in East Asia”, primarily targeting the Yellow Sea and neighboring regional seas in Korea and China. More specifically, the issues include various topics relating to current pollution status in marine environments, ecotoxicological effects, ecosystem threats and restoration, environmental and human health risk assessment, marine ecosystem services, and marine environmental policy.

The present special issue encompasses various research topics relating to current pollution status and trends in marine and coastal environments, development of novel biominotoring tools, ecotoxicological effects of pollutants, ecosystem responses and restoration, environmental and human health risk assessment. This special issue focuses on the current state of knowledge on the links between coastal pollution and human health. Submissions of new research papers, reviews, case reports and conference papers are all welcomed to the present special issue. Papers dealing with new approaches to elucidate environmental processes of pollutants, derive relevant standards or risk assessment and management are particularly welcome. We believe the special issue will significantly contribute to the scientific and socio-economic needs and challenges through high-quality work and publications, and will further provide practical solution towards increase of sustainability of coastal development.

Submission Period: 1 September, 2022 - 28 February, 2023.

Manuscript submission information:

To submit your manuscript please go to Environment International (at and follow the procedures for manuscript submission. When prompted for 'Enter Manuscript Information' you can select our Special Issue ‘Coastal Health’. Author Guidelines and Manuscript Submission can be found at:

Please feel free to contact us if you would have any questions.

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