Abstract Submission



The New Zealand Coastal Society invite you to share your knowledge, stories and love of the coastal and marine environment at this year’s conference located on Waiheke Island, a stone’s throw from Auckland’s CBD within Tīkapa Moana o Hauraki (Hauraki Gulf). 

This year’s theme Small Islands, Big Oceans | Ko ngā moutere iti – Ko ngā moana nui has been compiled to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by our sensitive coastal environment and communities which are amplified in our island environs and in turn reflective of New Zealand as a group of ‘small islands’ in the Pacific.

Balancing the growing demand for coastal use with changing environmental, social and cultural impacts, needs and expectations presents a unique challenge and opportunity in how we sustainably manage our land and unique marine environment. To explore this further we are looking for a diverse group of presentations and posters that delve into topics such as:  

1.   Coastal Science

This theme examines the state and evolution of scientific knowledge of our coastal environment. Presentations are sought that provide overviews of different aspects of coastal science and research in New Zealand and Pacific, that explore gaps in our knowledge and support the management and planning of coastal resource use. Possible topics could include oceanographic processes, coastal geomorphology and morphodynamics, estuarine processes, coastal ecology, and marine geology and resources.

2.   Coastal Hazards and Risk Management

This theme focuses on the management of, and adaptation to, coastal hazards and the underpinning science, planning and engineering. Coastal storms, erosion, flooding, tsunami and sea level rise as well as man-made hazards (e.g. oil spills) are among the possible subtopics considered for this theme. Other possible areas of interest include coastal monitoring and hazard research techniques.

3.   Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Resilience

The shorelines are constantly changing - what can we learn from past experience? What about the future and the increasing challenge of climate change and associated sea level rise? This issue is of great concern and importance to coastal communities. The conference welcomes contributions discussing current efforts aimed at addressing and adapting to changes and improving overall coastal resilience.

4.   Coastal Engineering

This theme is focused on evolving trends in coastal engineering and the challenges that are being faced with on-going pressures between “living with the coast” and “defending the coast”. Some of the topics that could be covered in this theme include: new innovations and techniques for managing the coast, nature based engineering, engineering challenges in the coastal zone and design studies or case histories of engineering works.

5.   Coastal Planning and Integrated Management

The use of natural resources combined with other land and marine use pressures can interfere with the carrying capacity of coastal zone ecological and social systems. This theme explores subjects such as the competition for coastal space, integrated coastal zone management, shoreline management, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement. What are the scientific, engineering and planning inputs that we need to help shape decisions for coastal uses? 

6.   Coastal Communities, Cultures and Livelihoods

Many New Zealand communities rely on the coast for their economic, social, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing.  This stream examines the opportunities and threats faced by all communities living, expressing their culture, and making a livelihood on the coast, and how they respond to these challenges in a constantly changing environment.


This year we are also interested to hear and learn from the Pacific Islands who are at the forefront of climate vulnerability and disaster risk reduction.   In addition to the principal themes and subthemes, the conference organisers welcome submissions dealing with any aspect of coastal science and / or coastal studies.



Presenting at the conference can be via a 15-minute presentation or poster. To register your interest, we have made it simple.  We only require a 1-page (maximum) abstract for your presentation or poster.  An abstract template and submission portal can be found via the link below. 

Click here to submit your abstract

Key Dates

Please note abstracts deadline of 30 September 2022.  

You will be advised of abstract acceptance by 5 October 2022.

If you wish to present in our online conference plenary, please indicate your preference via the abstract submission portal.

More information regarding the conference, schedule, travel, field trips and sponsorships will be added in due course to this webpage.

We hope to see you on Waiheke Island!