Abstracts – Guidelines & Submission 

Abstracts must be submitted online as Microsoft Word documents only using a specific format – an abstract template is available online and must be used for all abstracts submitted.

  • Abstracts must be a minimum of 250 words, and no longer than 300 words
  • Abstract body, authors and affiliations text must be submitted in Arial 10 point font
  • The abstract title must be typed in Arial 14 point, bold and centred font
  • The presenting author/s name/s must be underlined
  • All author details and affiliations must be included
  • The first author’s email address must be included
  • Authors must include a maximum of five keywords sufficient to highlight the relevant topics addressed in your paper
  • Abstracts must be text only – graphics, pictures or graphs should not be included
  • Abstracts should not include any references
  • Abbreviations used in abstracts must be listed in full at first use

Please note that while there is no limit on the number of abstracts you can submit, the Conference Programme Committee will, where possible, limit the number of presentations per first author to one.

Presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and pay to attend the Conference as a delegate for at least the day they are presenting.

Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish their extended abstract in the book of abstracts and on the Conference website once the event has concluded.

Authors of accepted abstracts are required to submit a full paper for review. Submission of full papers implies the author’s agreement to publish their full paper in the conference proceedings.

Successful papers must be presented by the lead author/s or a nominated co-author. The presenting author’s name must be underlined in the author list.

Acceptance of abstracts does not imply any payment from the Conference Committee. Authors must arrange and pay their own accommodation, travel etc. to attend the Conference

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Program Committee whose decision is final.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open


Call for Abstracts Close


Registration Open

19 April 2021

Accepted Abstracts Notified

19 April 2021

Full Paper Submission Deadline

11 June 2021

Early Bird Registration Close

9 August 2021

Final Paper Submission Deadline

20 August 2021

Extended Abstracts Submission Deadline

20 August 2021

Speaker Registration Deadline

23 August 2021


Full Papers – Guidelines & Submission

Full papers must be submitted online as Microsoft Word documents only using a specific format – a full paper template is available online and must be used for all full papers submitted.

Some additional guidelines around the writing of full papers are below:

  • Papers are expected to be of high technical quality and contribute knowledge to the wider industry.
  • Papers are expected to be clear and grammatically correct – please use proof readers if required. Please define all acronyms at first use and define terminology. You must follow template and paper guidelines or risk rejection of your paper pre-review as it is not the reviewers job to edit your work.
  • Papers that comprise a sales pitch for a particular product, without sufficient evaluative and research context, will be rejected – please refer to the sponsorship prospectus for trade exhibition opportunities.
  • Case studies are acceptable but must be novel and/or draw specific and novel conclusions applicable across the wider industry.
  • Assertions made in papers need to be backed up with evidence such as robust data analysis and/or meta study reviews and evaluations – opinion without such backup are not publishable as research paper content and will lead to paper rejection.

Exemptions from full paper requirements may be provided for attendees to present recently published work. This work must have been published in reputable, peer reviewed academic journals* no more than 2 years prior to this Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference  (i.e. post November 2019) and must be accepted for publication before final papers are due (i.e. 20 August 2021). Exemptions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Conference Programme Committee.

*or similar outlets such as significant peer-reviewed, published book or monograph chapters but not papers in the proceeding of alternative conferences.

Successful papers must be presented by the lead author/s or a nominated co-author. The presenting author’s name must be underlined in the author list.


Conference Special Topics & Themes

Special Topics

Special topics have been developed to support issues that are of particular relevance to the conference theme or location or are topical at the moment. Special topics will feature key note speakers and/or panel discussions. Special topics for Coasts & Ports 2021 are:

Indigenous Perspectives on Coastal and Port Environments

The Pacific Ocean, Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, is vast and its indigenous peoples have always been closely connected to the sea, both through long ocean going voyages and more locally through coastal settlements, livelihoods, and practices. The recognition of indigenous rights and the value of indigenous knowledge systems are integral features of coastal and port environmental management. This special topic invites papers on the theory and practice of planning and decision-making that recognises and accommodates indigenous and non-indigenous world views in addressing environmental management in port and coastal contexts.


Coastal Earthquake Resilience and Recovery

The Christchurch and Kaikōura Earthquakes caused significant impacts to the natural and built environments that include lasting changes to coastal communities and ecosystems at a considerable scale. While much of the initial effects were destructive, the earthquakes have also presented opportunities to rebuild better, taking into account changes in communities and accommodating future challenges. This special topic invites papers on the changes to natural systems, and the science, engineering, policy and community responses to these major events.


Emerging Technologies in Coastal Science and Engineering

Coastal science and engineering is dependent on our understanding of the natural systems and processes. Recent advances in technology have greatly increased the volume, frequency and quality of data that can be obtained. This special topic invites papers on emerging technologies including (but not limited to) mobile technologies, remote sensing (e.g. satellite/ UAV imagery), remote vehicle and machine learning applications.

Surf Science, Engineering and Management

The surf zone is one of the most dynamic, energetic and resource rich coastal zones, extending from the shoreline to the edge of the breakers. This topic invites papers concerned with any aspect of surf zone use, management, science and engineering, including (1) the morphodynamics of surf zone waves, currents and sediment transport; (2) applied science applications such as recreational amenity (e.g. surf break engineering and modelling) and beach safety; and (3) community engagement with and values relating to surf zones and their management.


Coastal Hazards Adaptation Planning in Practice

With sea levels projected to rise by up to 400mm within 30 years and up to a metre by 2100, many low lying coastal and inland communities across the country need to understand and plan for increased flooding, erosion and rising groundwater. The theory behind adaptation planning has been extensively outlined in national guidance and is a strong focus for the research community. However, the practical realities of applying this approach to communities remains an issue. The focus of this special topic will be turning theory to practice for adaptation planning. Discussion could range from establishing and building a mandate for adaptation work, keeping communities engaged and empowered throughout the process, minimising equity issues, and consideration of funding and implementation commitments.

Conference Themes

Our Conference theme Te Oranga Takutai – Adapt and Thrive” recognises the dynamic coastal environment that we live in and the need for coastal communities to be resilient and adaptable to thrive.

Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region are outstanding examples of this, with major seismic events having caused rapid and significant changes to the coastal environment and substantial damage to public and private assets and infrastructure. These events provide an ideal laboratory to examine the ongoing physical and built environment adjustments, and the possibilities for building stronger, more resilient and vibrant communities.

Working with Nature

  • In coastal, port and maritime environments
  • In urban coastal settlements
  • In dune and beach environments
  • Soft and hybrid solutions
  • For climate change adaptation

Future Proofing Coastal and Port Environments

  • Coastal response to extreme events and to climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Managed retreat planning, implementation and economics
  • Adaptation in the Pacific
  • Resilience planning & practice, disaster prevention & recovery
  • Coastal earthquake resilience and recovery
  • Probabilistic hazard assessment, including shoreline responses and projections
  • Hazard assessments on non-sandy beach coasts (gravel beaches, cliffs, hydrosystems)
  • Coastal multi-hazards

Blue Economy

  • Multi-use of space, multi-use platforms and management in the blue economy
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Environmental characterisation and assessments
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Coastal and marine tourism
  • Economic, social, legal and political aspects

Coastal and Ecological Processes

  • Monitoring, instrumentation and information systems
  • Tides, storm surges, long waves and tsunamis
  • Shelf and shallow water wave dynamics
  • Nearshore currents and morphology, sediment processes,
  • Coastal meteorology, storms, tropical cyclones and extreme events
  • Coastal ecosystem processes (in estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, etc.)
  • Coastal hydrosystems (estuaries, lagoons, lakes, ICOLLS, river mouths)
  • Surfzone hazards and drowning prevention

Port and Maritime Engineering

  • Ports and marine facilities
  • Deep water terminals
  • Navigation
  • Internal waterways
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Fate of dredged material and morphologic response to dredging
  • Dredging management, community and ecosystems
  • Sustainable port and maritime infrastructure: e.g. extension of life, repurposing and re-use solutions
  • Green port initiatives
  • Port automation: impacts on port planning and operations
  • Ferry facilities and operations

Coastal and Ocean Engineering

  • Wave-structure-soil interactions
  • Breakwaters and Erosion and flood mitigation coastal structures
  • Recreational facilities, waterfront development and marinas
  • Beach nourishment and other forms of ‘shoreline protection’
  • Ocean monitoring, resource, energy and exploration

Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

  • Customary tenure and rights
  • Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act / customary rights
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Coastal, shoreline and port management
  • Risk management and adaptation
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement
  • Greenfields development