Special Issue "Innovative Strategies for Coastal Risk Monitoring, Modelling and Management"

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: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Renata Archetti
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e dei Materiali, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics; pollution in coastal areas; innovative sea-monitoring technology; marine structure design; extreme event risk analysis; renewable energy resource assessment (mini-hydro, wind and wave power); generation and propagation of tsunamis modelling
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Prof. Dr. Leonardo Damiani
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Department of Civil, Environmental, Building Engineering and Chemistry (DICATECh), Politecnico di Bari, Bari 70126, Italy
Interests: hydraulics, maritime constructions, protection of the coasts, coastal water and sediment quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The management of coastal risk from erosion and flooding in order to ensure protection of the land, the touristic exploitation of beach use, and any possible use in blue economy requires deep knowledge of the drivers and possible mitigation strategies.

The construction of infrastructure (piers, docks, breakwaters, and other conventional hard structures), while protecting the territory, can interfere with the coastal circulation and sediment transport, sometimes shifting the problem of erosion to the neighboring coasts; the destruction of the dunes and other anthropogenic modifications to the beach further limit the adaptability of the beach system and amplify the risk of erosion and flooding of the coastal land.

Besides conventional coastal protection strategies, several new approaches and technologies are being developed to protect the coast in a more sustainable way that can integrate social, economic, and environmental objectives. The availability of high-resolution numerical models helps in enhancing these approaches as well as in selecting the best strategy. The availability of modern, low-cost monitoring technologies also offers useful tools to decision-makers to monitor the effectiveness and relative benefits of each approach in relation to the environmental characteristics and hydrography of the target areas.


In the above context, this Special Issue invites original scientific contributions on topics including:

  • Coastal monitoring technologies.
  • Coastal risk analysis.
  • Unconventional coastal defense strategies (ejectors in the sea, beach reshaping, etc.) and innovative nature-based solutions
  • Unconventional artificial coastal structures, studied by means of numerical modelling, laboratory tests, and prototypes observation.
  • Coastal numerical modelling.
  • Impact assessment in management strategies.
  • Climate change.

Research articles, review articles and case studies are welcome; interdisciplinary contributions considering physical, ecological, and technological aspects are particularly encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Renata Archetti
Prof. Dr. Leonardo Damiani
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Coastal monitoring technologies
  • Coastal risk analysis
  • Unconventional coastal defense strategies (ejectors in the sea, beach reshaping, etc.) and innovative nature-based solutions
  • Unconventional artificial coastal structures, studied by means of numerical modelling, laboratory tests, and prototypes observation
  • Coastal numerical modelling
  • Impact assessment in management strategies
  • Climate change

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Effectiveness Assessment of an Innovative Ejector Plant for Port Sediment Management
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(2), 197; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9020197 - 12 Feb 2021
Abstract
The need to remove deposited material from water basins is common and has been shared by many ports and channels since the earliest settlements along coasts and rivers. Dredging, the most widely used method to remove sediment deposits, is a reliable and wide-spread [...] Read more.
The need to remove deposited material from water basins is common and has been shared by many ports and channels since the earliest settlements along coasts and rivers. Dredging, the most widely used method to remove sediment deposits, is a reliable and wide-spread technology. Nevertheless, dredging is only able to restore the desired water depth but without any kind of impact on the causes of sedimentation and so it cannot guarantee navigability over time. Moreover, dredging operations have relevant environmental and economic issues. Therefore, there is a growing market demand for alternatives to sustainable technologies to dredging able to preserve navigability. This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of guaranteeing a minimum water depth over time at the port entrance at Marina of Cervia (Italy), wherein the first industrial scale ejector demo plant has been installed and operated from June 2019. The demo plant was designed to continuously remove the sediment that naturally settles in a certain area through the operation of the ejectors, which are submersible jet pumps. This paper focuses on a three-year analysis of bathymetries realized at the port inlet before and after ejector demo plant installation and correlates the bathymetric data with metocean data (waves and sea water level) collected in the same period. In particular, this paper analyses the relation between sea depth and sediment volume variation at the port inlet with ejector demo plant operation regimes. Results show that in the period from January to April 2020, which was also the period of full load operation of the demo plant, the water depth in the area of influence of the ejectors increased by 0.72 mm/day, while in the whole port inlet area a decrease of 0.95 mm/day was observed. Furthermore, in the same period of operation, the ejector demo plant’s impact on volume variation was estimated in a range of 245–750 m3. Full article
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