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".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios
Guest Editor
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Ioannina, GR-47100, Arta, Greece
Interests: decision support systems; geographic information systems; coastal engineering; marine environment
Prof. Dr. Carola Esposito Corcione
Guest Editor
University of Salento Edificio La Stecca via per Monteroni 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: coatings; solar energy materials; automotive; medical; additive manufacturing; circular economy; reuse and recycle
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Dr. George D. Bathrellos
Guest Editor
Department of Geology, University of Patras, GR 26504, Greece
Interests: natural hazards; urban planning; geomorphology; modeling
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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

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


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

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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