Impact of Climate Change on the Estuarine System

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2024 | Viewed by 98

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Physics Department, CESAM, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: climate change; coastal oceanography; coastal estuarine dynamics; aquaculture; numerical modelling; marine pollution
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Centro de Investigación Mariña (CIM), Environmental Physics Laboratory (EphysLab), Universidade de Vigo, Campus da Auga, 32004, Ourense, Spain
Interests: physical oceanography; atmosphere–ocean interaction; climate change; renewable energies; atmospheric dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, there is a special concern about the possible impact of climate change on estuarine systems and its consequences in contingent ecosystems. Estuarine ecosystems are susceptible to shifts in temperature, rising sea levels, and altered precipitation patterns. Rising global temperatures contribute to the thermal expansion of seawater, leading to an increase in sea levels that can result in coastal erosion and submersion of estuarine habitats. Additionally, changes in precipitation patterns may affect the amount and timing of freshwater input into estuaries, disrupting the delicate balance between salt and freshwater crucial for the diverse species inhabiting these areas. This can lead to the loss of critical nursery habitats for commercially important fish species. As climate change accelerates, these cumulative impacts threaten the biodiversity, ecological functions, and socio-economic services provided by estuarine systems, emphasizing the urgent need for effective mitigation and adaptation strategies.

This Special Issue aims to publish recent findings, notable achievements, and general insights about the assessment of the impacts of climate change on estuarine systems. Encompassing aspects such as tidal propagation, extreme events, estuarine plumes, sea level rise, alterations in precipitation, ocean acidification, salinity intrusion, water quality patterns, and aquaculture, the Issue welcomes contributions in the form of research articles, reviews, and case studies, among other relevant formats. The scope extends beyond the mentioned topics, encouraging a comprehensive exploration of the impacts of climate change on estuarine environments.

Dr. Magda Catarina Sousa
Dr. Ines Alvarez
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  • climate change
  • estuarine environments
  • extreme events
  • estuarine plumes
  • hydrodynamic and water quality patterns

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