Date: 01 July 2022

Time: 10:00 (GMT+3)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Elliott

Title: The science needed for marine governance and challenges for Türkiye in considering / adopting European legislation


The next invited speaker of METU-IMS Webinar Series is Prof. Dr. Michael Elliott! Prof Elliott be with us with his speech on ““The science needed for marine governance and challenges for Türkiye in considering / adopting European legislation?” The talk will be given in English on the Zoom platform. Please note that there will be a limited number of spots available and the Institute members will be prioritized in case of overbooking. You can register via clicking the link below. After the registration, the meeting ID and password will be sent automatically via Zoom.




The science needed for marine governance and challenges for Türkiye in considering / adopting European legislation


Michael Elliott1,2* with Angel Borja3,4, and Roland Cormier5

  1.   Department of Biological & Marine Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK;
  2.   International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists (IECS) Ltd, Leven, HU17 5LQ, UK.
  3.   AZTI, Marine Research, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA). Herrera Kaia, Portualdea z/g, 20110 Pasaia – Spain;
  4.   King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Marine Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  5.   National Centre for Effectiveness Science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 343 Université Avenue, Moncton, NB E1C 5K4 Canada  




Coastal and transitional systems, such as those typical of the Mediterranean and Black Seas are subject to endogenous and exogenous pressures which emanate respectively from hazards inside and outside the system. Those hazards may be both natural and anthropogenic although even the natural ones may be exacerbated by human actions. When those hazards affect features valued by society for human safety and well-being they are termed risks which therefore need to be addressed by a risk assessment and management approach. However, given the changes due to stressors such as climate change, and the potential for mitigation and adaptation, then opportunity assessment and management will be important. This seminar discusses the hazard and risk typology in the light of: (a) where and when human activities take place (the activity-footprints); (b) the area and time covered by the pressures generated by the activities on the prevailing habitats and species, in which pressures are defined as the mechanisms of change (the pressures-footprints), and (c) the area and time over which any adverse or beneficial effects occur on the natural system and on ecosystem services from which society extracts goods and benefits (the effects-footprints). These three types of footprints then need to be addressed by a spatial and temporal programme of management measures, i.e. the management response-footprints. The latter extend from small area management, through regional initiatives, to global initiatives. This presentation explains and defines these footprints in relation to the implementation of marine governance (policies, politics, administration and legislation). This will include current European marine management and the relevant EU Directives and indicate the challenges for the Turkish scientists and policy-makers involved in marine management. It emphasises the transboundary nature of these aspects and their inclusion in marine resource sustainable and successful management. This internationally-based approach encompasses Maritime Spatial Planning, Cumulative Impacts Assessment and Strategic and Regional Environmental Assessments.


Keywords: marine governance, marine management, EU directives



Prof. Mike Elliott, Chair in Estuarine & Coastal Sciences, Research Professor, Department of Biological and Marine Sciences, The University of Hull, UK; and Director, International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists Ltd (; URL


Mike is the Director of International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists (IECS) Ltd and also the Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. He was Director of the former Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS) at the university from 1996-2017. He is a marine biologist with a wide experience and interests and his teaching, research, advisory and consultancy includes estuarine and marine ecology, policy, governance and management. Mike has published widely, co-authoring/co-editing 20 books/proceedings and >300 scientific publications. This includes co-authoring 'The Estuarine Ecosystem: ecology, threats and management' (with DS McLusky, OUP, 2004), 'Ecology of Marine Sediments: science to management' (with JS Gray, OUP, 2009), and ‘Estuarine Ecohydrology: an introduction’ (with E Wolanski, Elsevier, 2015). He was an editor and contributor to the ‘Coasts and Estuaries: the Future’ (Wolanski, Day, Elliott and Ramachandran; Elsevier, 2019) and the Treatise on Estuarine & Coastal Science (Eds.-In-Chief - E Wolanski & DS McLusky, Elsevier). He has advised on many environmental matters for academia, industry, government and statutory bodies worldwide. Mike is a past-President of the international Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science; he currently is or has had Adjunct Professor and Research positions at Murdoch University (Perth), Klaipeda University (Lithuania), the University of Palermo (Italy), Xiamen University (China) and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. He was awarded Laureate of the Honorary Winberg Medal 2014 of the Russian Hydrobiological Academic Society. He is also a member of many national and international committees linking marine science to policy.


Research Metrics:

Scopus: H index: 62;

Google Scholar: H index 81, i10 index 226; citations >26,000.

Web of Science H index 58; ORCID ID 0000-0002-2519-4871; ResearcherID: B-4312-2013.

Calculated as the top-ranking author in Environmental Policy for 2011-2020: see

Calculated as being the highest or among the highest cited author in various journals and years – see


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