Land-Ocean Interactions in the Changing Coastal Zones of Taiwan-- Scientific Basis and Societal Engagements: General Project

Project Details


This proposal is a response to the call for a core project on the theme “Land-ocean interaction and coastal changes” from the sustainability science section of MOST. The coastal zones of Taiwan are exploited to meet various needs of the public and private sectors, causing the coastal zones to become an area of competing uses. It is recognized that unrestrained use of coastal zones poses high risks to the society. Multiple stressors on the coastal zone of Taiwan from rapid urbanization, pollution, land reclamation, aquaculture, and tourism have resulted in rapid degradation of coastal environments and deterioration of coastal ecosystems. In order to balance environmental protection, public uses and socioeconomic development, there is an urgent need to develop innovative management strategy to resolve the conflicts between competing factions for the use of environmentally sensitive coastal resources. Hence, we propose to develop a framework for integrative coastal research, which will lead to the provision of the knowledge, understanding and prediction needed to allow coastal communities to assess, anticipate and respond to coastal changes.In order to facilitate the research needs of the integrated research project, the general project plan to carry out the following tasks to facilitate the integrated research:•Construction and maintenance of database and website of coastal zones of Taiwan for theresearchers and the public.•Interactions with other organizations and projects.•Organization of workshops for discussion of trans-disciplinary research issues.•Provide a platform for researchers of this project to interact with governmental andnon-governmental organizations and international research projects (such as LOICZ). In order to make up for the gaps in research needs, the general project plan to carry out the following research topics:•Organization of cruises to survey the coastal zone around Taiwan with provision of basicanalyses and distribution of cruise samples.•Monitoring of factors of nearshore hydrodynamic and seawater quality at NCU CoastalObservatory.•Assessment of coastal zone carbon sinks (Blue Carbon) at selected sites•Survey and investigation of the Algal reef ecosystem.•Survey and investigation of the source, composition and transport of nitrogen in riverinesystem.It is crucial to first build the individual components needed to address coastal sustainability for the coastal zones of Taiwan. Better integration will mature with time, if the project is approved and enacted.
Effective start/end date1/08/1631/07/17

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • coastal zone
  • coastal change
  • observing system
  • databank
  • numerical models
  • coastal pollution
  • coastal governance


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