Special Issue "Coastal Ecosystems: Monitoring, Management, Restoration, Preservation, and Valuation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018
Coastal ecosystems are vital to human survival and well-being. This Special Issue of Sustainability seeks papers that provide case studies of coastal ecosystems that focus on solutions to the diverse challenges associated with the following: Understanding coastal processes, mitigating damage to coastal areas, sustainable management of coastal lands, and enhancing human value of coastal ecosystems for the fundamental contributions coastal ecosystems make to human well-being.
Prof. Dr. Paul C. Sutton
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- Coastal Ecosystems
- Ecosystem Service Valuation
- Scenario Planning
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Rosa Maria Cavalli
Abstract: Literature highlights that an accurate measurement of sea surface temperature (SST) retrieved from remote images is fundamental for monitoring ocean and coastal waters. This study proposes a method for retrieving accurate measurements of SST in coastal waters. The method involves the estimation of effect of total suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentration on the value of sea surface emissivity (SSE) and the inclusion of this effect in SSE value which is put into SST calculation. Data collected in three Italian coastal waters were exploited to obtain SSTskin and SSE values and to analyze SPM effects on SSE value. The method was tested on MODIS images. Satellite measurements of SST obtained with current operational algorithm, which doesn’t require SSE value as explicit input, were compared with in situ values of SSTskin and RMSD is equal to 1.13K. Moreover, SST data were retrieved with Niclos et al.  algorithm which allows to include SSE value with SPM effect. And these data were compared with in situ values of SSTskin and RMSD is equal to 0.68K.
Keywords: coastal water; sea surface emissivity; sea surface temperature; total suspended particulate matter.
Title: Mitigating Erosional Effects Induced by Boat Wakes with Living Shorelines
Authors: Deidre Herbert, Emily Astrom, Ada Bersoza, Pat McGovern, Scott Wasman, Christine Angelini, Alex Sheremet
Abstract: Since the creation of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Augustine, FL has experienced increased boat traffic along its coastlines due to the dredging of the Tolomato River. This opened the channel to bigger boats responsible for creating large, repetitive boat wakes that induce biological stress and morphological changes along the coastline. This high-energy environment has resulted in loss of surrounding oyster reefs and salt marsh vegetation, ultimately leading to shoreline erosion. To prevent further retreat of the estuary’s edges, living shorelines structures have been installed at six field sites within the GTM reserve. These are natural shoreline stabilization techniques consisting of a combination of oyster restoration structures and wooden breakwalls. We expect these two structures will work together to halt shoreline erosion and promote marsh progradation. To anticipate their performance over time, OpenFOAM, a computational fluid dynamics modeling software, will be used to simulate the erosional effects surrounding these breakwalls.
Title: The effects of low enthalpy geothermal system on groundwater of the cesine wetland.
Authors: Livia Emanuela Zuffianò
Abstract: The Cesine Wetland is located in Salento Peninsula, Southern Italy and it was recognized as “wetland of international interest”. The environmental peculiarities of the area are due to a complex hydrogeological pattern, the high contribution of groundwater outflow, and to a peculiar dynamic equilibrium with sea, also due to the role of the wide coastal aquifer of Salento. The visit center was selected for the construction of a low-enthalpy geothermal power plant as part of a pilot project funded by the EU IPA Legend 2007-2013 Adriatic and represents the unique case in a protected wetland, made to monitoring the environmental effects of heat exchange of geothermal field probes. After geological and hydrogeological characterization of the area, it was developed the heat transport numerical model with FeFlow, in order to estimate the extension of the thermal plume generated within the aquifers after a long period of heat exchange. Initial simulation results have contributed to the evaluation of geothermal plant influence on groundwater, a fundamental resource ensuring the existence of wetlands.