Special Issue "Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sandro De Muro
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Guest Editor
MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: coastal and marine geomorphology; sedimentology; coastal dynamics; quaternary geology
Dr. Andrea Ruju
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Guest Editor
MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: wave modeling; surf zone hydrodynamics; flooding risk assessment; wave climate
Dr. Carla Buosi
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Guest Editor
MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: ecogeomorphology; marine bioindicators; benthic habitat analysis; environmental micropalaeontology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Special Issue on “Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change” in Applied Sciences.

Climate change and an increasing human pressure on coastal areas are able to alter beach morphodynamics, potentially posing serious threats to the survival of beach systems that cannot accommodate these modifications. Low resilience levels are often the result of bad coastal management, which inhibits the natural ability of beaches to respond and recover from external forces. For instance, the valuable ecosystem services provided by seagrasses (e.g., Posidonia sp.) have only recently been acknowledged by coastal managers and stakeholders. This is of paramount concern in Mediterranean coastal areas and other regions worldwide, for instance, Western Australia, where the presence of the meadow outlines similar benthic habitats. The great value for coastal communities of these fragile systems highlights the importance of assessing their resilience in order to evaluate the impact of natural hazards and the identification of mitigation strategies. In this context, it is essential to set up monitoring systems that are able to provide tracking, understanding, and potentially, predictions related to short- and long-term beach dynamics and their forcing mechanisms.

This Special Issue of the journal Applied Sciences, “Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change”, aims to collect contributions devoted to beach monitoring programs and coastal risk assessment. The focus is on wave-dominated Mediterranean shores and similar worldwide environments characterized by the presence of seagrass meadows in the nearshore, their forcing mechanisms and responses. Contributions that integrate different data collection and analysis approaches (for instance combined measurements and modeling) are particularly welcome.

The main topics covered in this Special Issue are:

  • Beach measurements and monitoring programs;
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation;
  • Health system assessment through bioindicators;
  • Ecosystem services;
  • Operational systems;
  • Beach evolution under climate change;
  • Coastal risk assessment and prediction;
  • Human pressure on coastal systems;
  • Combined remote and in situ measurements;
  • Combined measurements and numerical modeling.

Prof. Dr. Sandro De Muro
Dr. Andrea Ruju
Dr. Carla Buosi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • beach morphodynamics
  • monitoring programs
  • climate change
  • coastal resilience
  • coastal management
  • ecosystem services

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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