Special Issue "Innovative Methodologies and Intelligent Tools for Coastal and Marine Environmental Monitoring"

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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Prof. Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios
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Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Ioannina, GR-47100 Arta, Greece
Interests: artificial intelligence; educational methodologies and tools; immersive technologies
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Prof. Dr. Carola Esposito Corcione
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Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via Arnesano, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: coatings; solar energy materials; automotive; medical; additive manufacturing; circular economy; reuse and recycle; rheological, thermal and transport properties of innovative polymeric materials; polymer based nano-composites; largely employed in industrial
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Dr. George D. Bathrellos
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Sector of General, Marine Geology & Geodynamics, Department of Geology, University of Patras, Rio, ZC 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: natural hazards; urban planning; geomorphology; modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The coastal and marine environment represents a great part of world. It is a complex ecosystem that is related to many human activities such as agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, urbanization, and tourism.  Coastal and marine environmental monitoring refers to utilizing advanced technologies and methodologies in order to monitor and evaluate the marine environment mainly near the coast and evaluate the quality of all environmental parameters. Coastal environmental monitoring is essential for quality of life and regional sustainable development and societal growth. On the other hand, there are many technological advances that provide the research community with a vast number of innovative tools and methods to achieve a high performance of environmental monitoring. Coastal environmental monitoring can be performed either on site using sensors that are able to collect data or remotely through satellite observation. In all cases, a huge amount of data are gathered, which the scientific community must create advanced intelligent methodologies in order to handle and to produce useful information and knowledge on environmental conditions.

This Special Issue also aims to highlight the re-utilization of waste materials, especially microplastic sea-side wastes. Presently, a rapidly growing concern for environmental protection and resource utilization has stimulated many new activities for coping with urgent environmental problems created by the steadily increasing consumption of industrial products. Increasingly stringent regulations and widely expressed public concern for the environment highlight the importance of disposing of solid waste generated from industrial and consumable products. Efficiently tackling this problem is a very important issue all over the world. Papers will be included on the design and realization of experimental innovative solutions linked to experience with materials for collecting, weighing solid waste, and recycling of plastic material.

The specific objectives of the Special Issue are:

  • Promoting strategies for the sustainable waste management in coastal areas;
  • Promoting new technologies (such as additive manufacturing) suitable for the treatment of waste in the coastal areas, leading to recycling in the coastal areas;
  • Reduction of environmental impact that comes from touristic use of beaches;
  • Increasing public awareness and information about sustainable waste management issues;
  • promoting training schemes catching up with European and international standards in environmental certification;
  • Recent achievements and trends on coastal and marine environmental monitoring.

The main topics of the Special Issue include:

  • Plastic sea-side wastes;
  • Hazards in coastal and marine environments;
  • Environmental changes in coastal and marine environments; remotely sensed data;
  • Urban sprawl in coastal areas; modeling and numerical simulations;
  • Geographical information systems;
  • Satellite observations;
  • Integrated coastal management;
  • Maritime spatial planning;
  • Environmental status;
  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Marine information systems;
  • Marine litter;
  • Plastic wastes;
  • Computational intelligence techniques for environmental big data;
  • Water pollution;
  • Air pollution;
  • Monitoring systems at the local, regional, and global level;
  • Natural resource management actions and pollution;
  • Monitoring pollution assessment;
  • Land change;
  • Spatial multicriteria analysis;
  • Environmental certification;
  • And many others.

Prof. Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios
Dr. Carola Esposito Corcione
Dr. George D. Bathrellos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Marine ecosystem
  • Marine pollution
  • Waste management
  • Plastics
  • Recycle
  • Geographical information systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Remote sensing

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A Performance Comparison of Pilot-Scale Sand Filtration and Membrane Filtration of Glafkos River Water
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(2), 203; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9020203 - 16 Feb 2021
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Surface-water treatment plants use the flocculation–precipitation method followed by gravity filters to remove suspended solids. In the present work, the replacement of gravity filters with ultrafiltration membrane units is suggested to improve the efficiency of water treatment and to reduce fixed and operational [...] Read more.
Surface-water treatment plants use the flocculation–precipitation method followed by gravity filters to remove suspended solids. In the present work, the replacement of gravity filters with ultrafiltration membrane units is suggested to improve the efficiency of water treatment and to reduce fixed and operational costs. A parametric pilot-scale study was conducted to compare the filtration efficiency of a deep bed and a membrane module for water-simulating river water of various turbidity degrees. Suspensions of kaolinite were prepared to simulate turbidity of the Glafkos River, Achaia Region of Greece and were filtered using a laboratory sand-bed column and a pilot ultrafiltration (UF) membrane unit. Operational parameters such as the particle concentration ratio, the flow rate, and the filter head loss were studied in the case of the granular bed. In the case of membrane filtration, the permeate flux, turbidity, and membrane permeability loss due to fouling were tested. A discussion in terms of the operational cost and environmental impacts was performed. Filtration capacity of the sand filter is a decreasing function of the flow rate and it was found less efficient than membrane ultrafiltration for increased turbidity or increased particle concentration values. Membrane ultrafiltration could achieve long-term economic profit while it is characterized by minimum environmental impact since the use of chemical reagents and the production of waste sludge are limited. Full article
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An Overview of the Sorption Studies of Contaminants on Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) Microplastics in the Marine Environment
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(4), 445; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9040445 - 19 Apr 2021
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Marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems, mainly due to single-use or disposable plastic waste fragmenting into microplastics (MPs) and nanoplastics (NPs) and entering oceans from the coasts together with human-made MPs. A rapidly growing worry concerning environmental and human safety [...] Read more.
Marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems, mainly due to single-use or disposable plastic waste fragmenting into microplastics (MPs) and nanoplastics (NPs) and entering oceans from the coasts together with human-made MPs. A rapidly growing worry concerning environmental and human safety has stimulated research interest in the potential risks induced by the chemicals associated with MPs/NPs. In this framework, the present review analyzes the recent advances in adsorption and desorption studies of different contaminants species, both organic and metallic, on MPs made of Poly(Ethylene terephthalate). The choice of PET is motivated by its great diffusion among plastic items and, unfortunately, also in marine plastic pollution. Due to the ubiquitous presence of PET MPS/NPs, the interest in its role as a vector of contaminants has abruptly increased in the last three years, as demonstrated by the very high number of recent papers on sorption studies in different environments. The present review relies on a chemical engineering approach aimed at providing a deeper overview of both the sorption mechanisms of organic and metal contaminants to PET MPs/NPs and the most used adsorption kinetic models to predict the mass transfer process from the liquid phase to the solid adsorbent. Full article
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