A special session entitled “Linkages of lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans: Asia-Pacific focus” was organized at the 2010 SETAC Asia-Pacific Conference, held from 4–7 June, in Guangzhou, China. The session was designed to focus on an ecosystemic approach, emphasizing the connectivity between various aquatic ecosystems from lakes, rivers and estuaries to seas. This resulting special issue is based mostly on papers presented in the session, but some articles were solicited after the conference based on their relevance to the theme. All manuscripts underwent pre-processing by the AEHMS to make them suitable for the standard peer review. Following the process, accepted manuscripts were edited linguistically and technically by the AEHMS before publication. This special issue contains a large number of articles (16) dealing with the impact of diverse environmental stressors on the following marine ecosystems:

  • South China Sea

  • Pearl River Estuary

  • Northern Yellow Sea

  • Southern Yellow Sea

  • Yangtze River Estuary

A recently published issue of the journal, (AEHMS, 2012), on the topic “Marine Environmental Change of the South China Sea,” should be referred to as an additional source of information about this extremely important geographic region.

We sincerely thank a large number of international referees for conducting stringent reviews of the manuscripts which greatly enhanced the quality of articles. Thanks are also due to Dr. Tingting Zu (State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography, South China Sea Institute) for her efficient coordination of manuscript submission from China. Finally, we are grateful to the AEHMS staff, namely, Jennifer Lorimer, Susan Blunt and Lisa Elder for their hard work in processing and technical/linguistic editing of the manuscripts.


Special Issue: Marine Environmental Change of the South China Sea
Aquat. Eocsyst. Health Mgmt.

M. Munawar

Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Chief Editor, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

D. X. Wang

Director, State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography, South China Sea Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China