Introduction

The International Conference on Coastal Cities and their Sustainable Future was held for the first time in 2015 in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute. Following its success, it was decided to reconvene the event after the second conference being held in Cadiz, Spain in 2017.

The growth of world population and the preference for living in coastal areas has resulted in their ever-increasing development.

Coastal areas are the most common destination, which brings in economic growth but implies additional urban development and increases the need for resources, infrastructure and services.

The strategic location of coastal cities for instance, facilitates transportation and the development of related activities, but this requires the existence of large ports, with the corresponding increase in maritime and road traffic and all its inherent negative effects.

The above-mentioned activities and others common to coastal cities require the development of well-planned and managed urban environments, not only for reasons of efficiency and economics, but also to avoid inflicting environmental degradation that causes the deterioration of natural resources, quality of life and human health.

To mitigate these problems it is necessary to consider coastal cities as dynamic complex systems which need energy, water, food and other resources in order to work and generate diverse activities, with the aim of offering a better socio-economic climate and quality of life.

As a consequence, the integrated management and sustainable development of coastal cities is essential, with science, technology, architecture, socio-economics and planning, all contributing to provide support to decision makers.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Coastal Cities 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • The coastal city and its environments
  • Landscape and urban planning
  • Infrastructures and eco-architecture
  • City heritage and regeneration
  • Urban transport and communications
  • Commercial ports, fishing and sports harbours
  • City/Waterfront interaction
  • Coastal city beaches
  • Marine industries
  • Energy systems
  • Water resources management
  • Quality of life and city leisure
  • Tourism and the city
  • Water pollution
  • Air pollution
  • City waste management
  • Acoustical and thermal pollution
  • Coastal risk assessment
  • Coastal flooding
  • Coastal processes
  • Landslides
  • Emergency plans
  • Health services management
  • Intercity issues
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Legal aspects
  • Ports accessibility
  • Urban logistic
  • Smart cities and IT applications
  • Ships supply management
  • Services for crews

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Coastal Cities 2019 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Coastal Cities 2019 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Additional Information

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Comments from delegates that have attended our conferences

Excellent conference. A group of professionals concerned about the destiny of the architectural heritage. Mariolly Dávila

The overall experience was great. The conference provided a platform for international collaborations and understanding. Well done to Wessex Institute Nor Hussain

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

First and foremost, I very much like the very professional way of organising so many congresses on such a wide range of topics and levels of complexity. Second, the mix of attendants/experts from all over the world leads to nice discussions and exchanges of ideas. Every time, there are things to learn and take home. Third, I like the very friendly, rather personal, atmosphere. Fourth, the limited number of attendants means that there are no crowds or messy situations. Fifth, everything is perfectly clear, from start to finish, there are no surprises. Sixth, the key organizer is a very amiable and accessible team player. There is no complex organisation with many levels of decision making Jaap Vleugel

Very interesting conference, the papers were well researched. Ihuoma Onungwa

The conference provided us with an intercultural and scientific exchange with respect to the current relevance of water research Mariza Abrameto (UNRN Argentina)

Quite interesting, good meetings, new colleagues from other countries, professionaly good to know more about WIT Conferences Vera Maria Lopes Ponçano

Great atmosphere with extensive interaction amongst delegates Derek Northwood

It was an interesting experience, meeting participants from other countries, exchanging ideas, deducting logical solution for serious problems related to sustainability and quality of life Dr. Maged Youssef

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

It's been a great experience attending the WIT Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning. The process of abstract and paper review has been smooth and well coordinated throughout. I would highly recommend next generation scholars to engage in the future conferences organised by WIT Sarbeswar Praharah

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

Very good conference and I will attend again and encourage my Faculty to attend Thomas C. Sammons

The experience in the conference was really good. The conference was well organized and I felt very confortable. The quality of the contents was very interesting. For sure I will attend the next conference Antonio José Tenza-Abril

A very fruitful and rewarding cooperation Germán Rodríguez Rodríguez

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

This was my first conference participation organized by Wessex Institute (WI) and I intend to get involved annually Dr Shadung Moja, South Africa

As always it was a very pleasant experience and I like the wide thematic and regional spread of the participants Michael Groll

My experience with the Wessex Institute was very good Domenica Mirauda

The organization and location was excellent as always Ekkehard Christoffels