Estuaries: Biogeochemical Reactors in the Land-Sea continuum

Estuaries play a key role in Earth System functioning, contributing significantly to the life support systems of most societies. At the nexus of terrestrial and marine environments, these zones and adjacent systems such as rivers, wetlands, and coastal aquifers support active biogeochemical processes that heavily influence the transport of materials across the land-sea continuum, that is, from catchment to coast, coast to ocean and coast to atmosphere. Understanding and quantifying the contribution of these interconnected biogeochemical processes to global environmental changes requires a flexible suite of approaches that are often multidisciplinary in nature.

IEBS returns to Rimouski in 2017 for its 14th annual meeting focused on estuarine biogeochemical processes. We hope to bring together a diverse group of participants to discuss biogeochemical interactions across the land-sea continuum and how they shape the functions of estuarine and coastal ecosystems. The 2017 symposium will engage participants in an international dialogue with a unique mix of keynote and contributed talks, poster sessions and group discussions. This meeting will contribute to the advancement of our field as we seek to understand a wide variety of estuaries and bays of different morphology, in distinct climate regions, facing various natural and anthropogenic pressures. We seek contributions that address any aspect of biogeochemical connectivity between or among the mosaic of systems that characterize this continuum, particularly those that take a multidisciplinary approach. We especially welcome studies of the causes and effects of present and past hypoxia and acidification; nano- to system-scale approaches to estuarine biogeochemistry; biogeochemical processes in permeable estuarine sediments; and the sources, effects, and biogeochemical cycling of technology-critical elements.

Important Deadlines

Abstract submission : April 15 th
Early registration : April 30 th


4 th – 7 th June, 2017 (3 days). An icebreaker (Sunday, June 4 th) and a field trip to Parc du Bic for World Oceans Day (Thursday, June 8 th) are also planned.


Rimouski is a charming city, easy to reach by plane (Mont-Joli airport) and bus (from Montreal and Quebec City) with hotels, restaurants, shops and points of interest within easy walking distance from the conference location.

Special Issue in Marine Chemistry

A special issue will be prepared in Marine Chemistry. Manuscript submission will be in September 2017.


Alfonso Mucci
McGill University

Recent insights on the biogeochemistry of the St. Lawrence Estuary, the world’s largest semi-enclosed estuary
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Markus Huettel
Florida State University

Estuarine and nearshore sediments: biogeochemical hot spots in the coastal zone
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Montserrat Filella

Institute F.-A. Forel
University of Geneva

From nanoplastics to technology-critical elements: global contaminants or media buzz?

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Sue Ziegler

Department of Earth Sciences
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Origins of color in boreal estuaries: Lessons from the biogeochemical responses of boreal forest landscapes to climate change

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