Interlinked Global Coasts


Spreading hypoxic dead zones in the global coasts increasingly threatens marine ecosystem health and essential ecosystem services (e.g., fisheries, aquaculture, and recreation).

Intensive agriculture to meet increasing needs is recognized as one of the major causes for growing dead zones in the Gulf.

However, even with substantially reduced ag activities, there is no sign of alleviating the deterioration trend, drawing evidence from China.

New driving forces, such as the booming aquaculture in the East coasts of China, are breeding even more algae blooms.

Photoed by Dr. Ruishan Chen
Photoed by Dr. Ruishan Chen

Exchanging food leads to loss in both countries' coastal ecosystems.

In what way can countries achieve win-win in both food security and coastal ecosystem health?

Yingjie Li
Yingjie Li
Postdoctoral Scholar

I have broad interests in ecosystem services flows and the impacts of telecoupling on global sustainability.