One of the characteristic features of the AEHMS has been its dedication to publishing compendia of manuscripts from the conferences it organizes. The AEHMS has played a key role in bringing to light publications from several developing regions (Africa, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, and South America).

Due to its scientific conferences and symposia, the Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society (AEHMS) has been very active in the Asia Pacific region for more than 15 years (Table 1). Its first venture was the publication of the book Aquatic Ecosystems of China: Environmental and Toxicological Assessment (Munawar et al., 1995). The Society's second exposure to Chinese science occurred in 2000 when the AEHMS organized the “Fourth International Symposium on Sediment Quality Assessment” in Japan, in which many Chinese scientists actively participated (Munawar, 2003). Another opportunity emerged in 2004 when the AEHMS was invited to publish a special issue of Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management (AEHM, 2006a,b) based on selected papers from the Second International Conference on Environmental Concerns: Innovative Technologies and Management Options held in Xiamen. During the past 5 years, AEHMS’ scientific influence has grown considerably and rapidly in the Asia Pacific region (Table 1).

Table 1.

List of AEHMS activities in the Asia Pacific.

YearConference titleLocationPublication References
1995 Publication of “Aquatic ecosystem of China: Environmental and toxicological assessment” Ecovision World Monograph Series NA Munawar et al.,1995 
2000 Fourth International Symposium on Sediment Quality Assessment Kyoto, Japan Munawar, 2003  
2004 Second International Conference on Environmental Concerns: Innovative Technologies and Management Options Xiamen, China ICEC, 2004; AEHM, 2006a  
2005 Restoration and remediation of aquatic ecosystems: Tools, techniques and mechanisms, (AEHMS 8) Nanjing, China AEHM, 2008  
2006 Publication of “Aquatic ecosystems of Malaysia: Health, sustainability & management” NA AEHM, 2006b  
2007 Ecosystem Sustainability & Health of Threatened Marine Environments (ESHTME) Terrangganu, Malaysia AEHM, 2009b  
2008 Health of the Marine Ecosystems of South East Asia: Towards an integrated and holistic strategy Hanoi, Vietnam AEHM, 2009a  
2009 Marine Environmental Change in the South China Sea (MEC) Guangzhou, China AEHM, 2012 (this issue) 
2010 Linkages of lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, Asia Pacific focus, SETAC-Asia Pacific Guangzhou, China AEHM in preparation 
2010 First International Conference on Managing Ecosystem Health of Tropical Seas: Environmental Management in Coastal Ecosystems (Ecoseas) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia AEHM in preparation 
2011 Ecology of South China Sea, 6th International Workshop on Marine Environmental Change of the South China Sea Guangzhou, China Planned 
YearConference titleLocationPublication References
1995 Publication of “Aquatic ecosystem of China: Environmental and toxicological assessment” Ecovision World Monograph Series NA Munawar et al.,1995 
2000 Fourth International Symposium on Sediment Quality Assessment Kyoto, Japan Munawar, 2003  
2004 Second International Conference on Environmental Concerns: Innovative Technologies and Management Options Xiamen, China ICEC, 2004; AEHM, 2006a  
2005 Restoration and remediation of aquatic ecosystems: Tools, techniques and mechanisms, (AEHMS 8) Nanjing, China AEHM, 2008  
2006 Publication of “Aquatic ecosystems of Malaysia: Health, sustainability & management” NA AEHM, 2006b  
2007 Ecosystem Sustainability & Health of Threatened Marine Environments (ESHTME) Terrangganu, Malaysia AEHM, 2009b  
2008 Health of the Marine Ecosystems of South East Asia: Towards an integrated and holistic strategy Hanoi, Vietnam AEHM, 2009a  
2009 Marine Environmental Change in the South China Sea (MEC) Guangzhou, China AEHM, 2012 (this issue) 
2010 Linkages of lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, Asia Pacific focus, SETAC-Asia Pacific Guangzhou, China AEHM in preparation 
2010 First International Conference on Managing Ecosystem Health of Tropical Seas: Environmental Management in Coastal Ecosystems (Ecoseas) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia AEHM in preparation 
2011 Ecology of South China Sea, 6th International Workshop on Marine Environmental Change of the South China Sea Guangzhou, China Planned 

The manuscripts included in this compendium originated from the “Marine Environmental Change in the South China Sea” (MEC) workshop held in December of 2009. The manuscripts were prepared by authors after the workshop and then submitted to AEHMS for international peer review. Following the peer review, the accepted papers underwent stringent technical/linguistic editing in preparation for publication.

This special issue contains nine manuscripts providing an up-to-date knowledge of aquatic research in South China Sea (Figure 1). A variety of topics are covered ranging from monsoons, physical and biological characteristics to hydromechanics by the application of numerical modeling. We hope that our efforts will be worthwhile in improving our understanding of the South China Sea (Figure 1).

Figure 1.

Map of the South China Sea.

Figure 1.

Map of the South China Sea.

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. Dongxiao Wang, Director, State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography, South China Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for his enthusiasm, interest and excellent support of this project. I would also like to thank Ms. Tingting Zu of the South China Institute for her cheerful assistance in the coordination of the special issue. Thanks are also due to the contributors for their hard work, patience and revisions. Finally, I greatly appreciate the support of the AEHMS staff: Lisa Elder (coordinator of the special issue), Susan Blunt (editorial/linguistic editing) and Jennifer Lorimer (editorial assistance and graphics) which resulted in a high quality publication.

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Mohiuddin Munawar

Chief Editor, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management

President, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, Canada

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