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The cumulative effects assessment of a coastal ecological restoration project in China: An integrated perspective

Ma, Deqiang; Zhang, Liyu; Fang, Qinhua; Jiang, Yuwu; Elliott, Michael


Deqiang Ma

Liyu Zhang

Qinhua Fang

Yuwu Jiang

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Professor Mike Elliott
Emeritus Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies


© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Large scale coastal land-claim and sea-enclosing (CLASE) activities have caused habitat destruction, biodiversity losses and water deterioration, thus the local governments in China have recently undertaken seabed dredging and dyke opening (SDADO) as typical ecological restoration projects. However, some projects focus on a single impact on hydrodynamic conditions, water quality or marine organisms. In a case study in Xiamen, China, an integrated effects assessment framework centres on ecohydrology, using modeling of hydrodynamic conditions and statistical analysis of water quality, was developed to assess the effects of ecological restoration projects. The benefits of SDADO projects include improving hydrodynamic conditions and water quality, as a precursor to further marine biological improvements. This study highlights the need to comprehensively consider ecological effects of SDADO projects in the planning stage, and an integrative assessment method combining cumulative effects of hydrodynamic conditions, water quality and biological factors.


Ma, D., Zhang, L., Fang, Q., Jiang, Y., & Elliott, M. (2017). The cumulative effects assessment of a coastal ecological restoration project in China: An integrated perspective. Marine pollution bulletin, 118(1-2), 254-260.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2017
Publication Date May 15, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 1, 2022
Journal Marine Pollution Bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Electronic ISSN 1879-3363
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 118
Issue 1-2
Pages 254-260
Keywords Ecological restoration; Ecoengineering; Seabed dredging; Dyke opening; Hydrodynamic conditions; Water quality
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