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On October 19-24, 2018, the 2nd International Symposium on Coastal Resources and Environment (CORE2018) was successfully held at Hohai University. The central topic of this seminar was Wetland Restoration. More than 70 scholars and researchers from the Delft University of Technology, Deltares, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), University of Padova, Boston University, United States Geological Survey (USGS), University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, ABPmer Ltd, University of Antwerp, University of Cantabria, Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-sen University, East China Normal University (State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research), Beijing Normal University, The Second Institute of Oceanography, MNR, Sichuan University, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Fudan University, Tongji University, Shanghai Waterway Survey and Design Institute, Jiangsu Tidal Flat Research Center and other universities and research institutes attended the seminar to exchange and discuss the wetland restoration under the changing environment. After the seminar, the expected scientific research outputs were discussed.

The seminar focused on the theme of wetland restoration. A total of 30 academic presentations and nearly 20 poster presentations were arranged, covering the four topics of wetland hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics, salt marsh dynamics, and world wetland restoration cases and human activities. From the scientific perspective, the latest research progress from small-scale physical and biological processes to large-scale estuarine and coastal geomorphological evolution, engineering measures, etc., Participants launched lively academic discussions, providing a good communication platform for young scholars and promoting scientific research cooperation between the attendees.

The seminar arranged field trips to the coasts of Jiangsu Province, Tongzhou Bay Port, Tiaozini Project, Yancheng Wetland Reserve, etc. These trips offered an opportunity to understand the protection, development, and utilization of muddy beaches in China more intuitively and specifically. In addition, it was conducive to build a platform for Hohai University to establish international cooperation and exchanges and promoted the construction and development of the ’double first-class’ discipline Hydraulic Engineering of Hohai University.