Innovative Multi-Functional and Integrated Solutions for Coastal Adaptation

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 Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: coastal engineering; coastal risk; coastal management; wave overtopping; marine renewables; wave energy; off-shore platforms
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Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Development, Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: coastal sustainability; variability of marine ecosystem; sustainable management of blue carbon ecosystem
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Large coastal stretches, which are highly populated and economically essential, are threatened by coastal erosion and flooding, whose frequency and severity is increased by climate change and sea-level rise. Responding to disasters and enhancing resilience to extreme events needs a holistic, participatory, and interdisciplinary approach that should focus on how to operationalize the concept of resilience by the analysis, advance, development, testing, and integration of a wide range of complementary adaptation and mitigation measures. In recent years, greater attention had been paid to the design and selection of coastal defense structures and technologies based on an integrated analysis of their performance and on their environmental and socio-economic implications. Defense design should be aimed at providing “continuity of daily life”—before, during and after a flood, to avoid the detrimental social and economic impact that would otherwise result. A development that intrinsically provides flood resilience, through an adequate defense planning strategy, should give insurers and financiers the confidence to offer affordable, long-term policies and investments.

This Special Issue invites authors to submit original articles dedicated to innovative solutions for a multifunctional, integrated approach to the management and protection of coastal areas. The innovative technologies include: (i) multifunctional breakwaters to combine the coastal protection with the production of marine renewable energy or with leisure activities (e.g., artificial reefs, promenades); (ii) ecocompatible sediment management for beach maintenance (e.g.m “Sand Engine”, “Mud Motor”, beach drainage); (iii) ecosystem enhancement through the restoration and/or creation of habitats such as sand dunes or biogenic reefs or buffer areas; (iv) actions to reduce the impact on society and economy including insurance frameworks, risk communication and landscape planning; (v) quasi-real-time monitoring and surveillance systems through autonomous vehicles, drones, satellite imaging; and (vi) interdisciplinary modelling frameworks to support defense planning.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Zanuttigh
Prof. Dr. Alice Newton
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Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Coastal flood
  • Innovative management
  • Multifunctional structures
  • Risk assessment
  • Ecosystems
  • Social awareness
  • Sea level rise
  • Storm surge

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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