Sustainable Coastal Management

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Coastal Engineering".

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Department of Life and Matter Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University South Brittany, Geo-Ocean, Univ Bretagne Sud, Univ Brest, CNRS, Ifremer, UMR6538, F-56000 Vannes, France
Interests: coastal geomorphology; coastal ocean processes; coastal vulnerability and adaptation management; dunes and beaches; rocky coasts; nature-based solutions

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Department of Geology, Faculty of Geology, University of Oviedo, 33005 Oviedo, Spain
Interests: geology; estuaries; coastal and port management; dunes; beaches; coastal geomorphology; anthropocene
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Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, University of Brest, Geo-Ocean, Univ Brest, CNRS, Ifremer, UMR6538, F-29280 Plouzane, France
Interests: coastal dynamics; sediment transport; sandy beaches; coral reefs; sediment-concentration-measurement-technique development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The attraction of living along coastal regions, where approximately 50% of the world's population lives at present, has resulted in this space being under considerable pressure, which is exacerbated by various factors, such as sea level rise, climate change, and extreme events. Facing these threats, the most urgent problems for the coastal community are to assess the impacts of climate change and to present sustainable solutions for coastal areas. It is a matter of urgency to reconsider our traditional approaches to the management of coastal issues and to rapidly develop a new paradigm of “Sustainable Coastal Management”.

In the present Special Issue, we aim to address the theme of “Sustainable Coastal Management” from a multitude of complementary sub-themes that take into consideration the adaptation and sustainability of natural coastal resources and built environments. We invite the submissions of reviews and original contributions related to the technical, legal, ecological, economical, and even social behaviors, as well as policy issues related to the sustainable uses and management of coastal zones and marine resources.  

The Special Issue welcomes submissions on the field of sustainable coastal management research addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Sustainable coastal management;
  • Definition and evaluation of coastal management sustainability indices;
  • Climate change-adaptation planning and management of coastal zones;
  • Marine spatial planning;
  • Integral coastal management and planning;
  • Marine spatial planning;
  • Coastal engineering and ecosystems;
  • Nature-based solutions for coastal zones;
  • Innovative coastal engineering;
  • Green coastal engineering;
  • Socioeconomic impacts and risks on vulnerable coastal zones;
  • Coastal risk assessment and reduction;
  • Coastal vulnerability;
  • Resilience of coastal zones;
  • Remote sensing applied to coastal management;
  • Novel coastal modeling approach;
  • Coastal hazard and vulnerability analysis;
  • Success story of sustainable coastal-adaptation management.

Dr. Mouncef Sedrati
Prof. Dr. Germán Flor-Blanco
Dr. France Floc'h
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • coastal vulnerability
  • coastal hazards
  • coastal risks
  • mitigation and adaptation
  • coastal management
  • coastal engineering
  • coastal resilience
  • climate change adaptation
  • nature-based solutions
  • climate change

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Field-Measurement of Surface Wind and Sediment Transport Patterns in a Coastal Dune Environment, Case Study of Cala Tirant (Menorca, Spain)
by Miquel Mir-Gual, Guillem X. Pons, Irene Delgado-Fernández and Thomas A. G. Smyth
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(12), 2361; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11122361 (registering DOI) - 14 Dec 2023
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Blowouts are integral features of coastal dune fields. Their presence enhances both geomorphological and ecological diversity and enables the movement of sand by wind. Their role as a ‘transport corridor’ may be, however, considered negative from a coastal management perspective in heavily touristic [...] Read more.
Blowouts are integral features of coastal dune fields. Their presence enhances both geomorphological and ecological diversity and enables the movement of sand by wind. Their role as a ‘transport corridor’ may be, however, considered negative from a coastal management perspective in heavily touristic areas, where the existence of blowouts close to the foredune can enhance the loss of sediment from the beach. This paper investigated the relationship between airflow dynamics and patterns of sediment transport from the beach to established dunes through a trough blowout located on the foredune. Seven three-cup anemometers were used to measure wind speed and direction over a 24 h sampling period at a frequency of 1 min under onshore (parallel to the blowout axis) medium and high wind speeds (max of 17.9 ms−1). To measure sediment transport, a total of 12 vertical sand traps were located at three positions along the length of the deflation basin. The results indicated that small amounts of sediments went into the blowout from the beach and that the highest rates of sediment remobilization took place within the deflation basin. These results highlight two processes: (a) flow channelization induced by the blowout topography caused an increase in wind speed and sediment transport toward the depositional lobe, and (b) the presence of embryo dunes and herbaceous vegetation at the beach–blowout boundary effectively reduced the amount of sediment transport from the beach to the landform. The results confirmed the significant role that vegetation plays in controlling sediment movement and conserving the beach–dune system. Full article
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Modelling of Sediment Transport and Deposition in Generating River-Mouth Closure: Oum-Errabia River, Morocco
by Ismail Aouiche, Mouncef Sedrati and Edward J. Anthony
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(11), 2051; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11112051 - 26 Oct 2023
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River mouths are dynamic systems that can respond rapidly to both fluxes in fluvial water and sediment discharge and marine energy conditions, notably waves. On semi-arid wave-exposed coasts, the morphosedimentary behaviour of river mouths is particularly sensitive to variations in water discharge, which [...] Read more.
River mouths are dynamic systems that can respond rapidly to both fluxes in fluvial water and sediment discharge and marine energy conditions, notably waves. On semi-arid wave-exposed coasts, the morphosedimentary behaviour of river mouths is particularly sensitive to variations in water discharge, which can be significantly influenced by climate variations, in addition to anthropogenic actions such as the construction of dams for water resource needs. In this climatic setting, an increasingly common consequence of decreasing river water discharge is the more or less prolonged closure of river mouths. Most studies have addressed river-mouth closure using analytical, parametric, numerical, or statistical models. The present study uses output from four numerical models to elucidate the hydrodynamic and sedimentary behaviour of the mouth of the Oum-Errabia River (catchment size: 35,000 km2), which debouches on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The historical evolution of the river mouth and the impact of human interventions, such as the construction of dams, are discussed. The study also briefly discusses the impact of the recent closure of the river outlet, in response to particularly low water discharge, on the marine ecosystem and water quality. The modelling results covering a one-year simulation in this situation of closure indicate a deposition of 427,400 m3 of sediment in front of the mouth of the Oum-Errabia. Ensuring permanent river-mouth opening and tidal flushing and renewal of this river’s estuarine waters will necessitate costly regular dredging. Full article
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Beach Conditions for Guiding the Sandy Beach Management in Phuket, Thailand
by Sompratana Ritphring, Pattrakorn Nidhinarangkoon and Keiko Udo
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(7), 1457; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11071457 - 21 Jul 2023
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Thailand’s current beach management strategies lack integration across sectors, resulting in conflicts of interest and insufficient consideration of diverse beach uses. The complexity of environmental, socio-economic, and coastal disasters challenge policymakers to describe the conditions of sandy beaches, and the most effective coastal [...] Read more.
Thailand’s current beach management strategies lack integration across sectors, resulting in conflicts of interest and insufficient consideration of diverse beach uses. The complexity of environmental, socio-economic, and coastal disasters challenge policymakers to describe the conditions of sandy beaches, and the most effective coastal management adaptation measures. This study suggests an integrated approach to evaluate beach conditions by incorporating the Urbanization Index, Conservation Index, and Recreation Index. Furthermore, the assessment of beach conditions will include the Threat Index, which consists of erosion rates and shoreline recession caused by sea level rise. The trends index will prioritize beach conditions for appropriate management actions. The study suggests management strategies that aim to preserve the physical and environmental aspects of the beach, while restoring its functionality for ecosystem services by applying engineering structures with beach nourishment. The main purpose of this study is to develop a beach condition that can be used as a guideline for sandy beach management in Thailand. It provides insights and recommendations to policymakers for enhancing the sustainability and resilience of Thailand’s coastal areas in the face of urbanization and climate change. Full article
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