Special Issue "Coastal Flooding and Protection"

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 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dong-Jiing Doong
Guest Editor
Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering and Coastal Ocean Monitoring Center, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Interests: hazardous waves (freak waves, typhoon waves); coastal flooding and protection; ocean measurement technology; wave statistics; meteo-oceanographic data analysis and interpretation
Prof. Dr. Peter Froehle
Guest Editor
Institute of River and Coastal Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
Interests: Coastal Protection; estuarine dynamic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over one-third of the world’s population lives within 100 km of a coastline. Coastal areas are clusters of human settlement and activities, commercial and industrial business, fishing, shipping and tourism. During storms, coasts are the first places to be flooded. In addi­tion, coasts are increasingly facing global threats from climate change such as sea-level rise. Coastal protection provides a defense against erosion and flooding that are caused by waves and tides, winds and currents.

Traditional measures aimed at protecting coasts often consist of hard structures such as revetments, groynes, breakwaters, dikes and seawalls, as well as the soft solutions like dunes, headland control, artificial reefs, hydraulic piling, nourishment and windbreaks. Recently, nature-based solution (NBS) has arisen as an attractive alternative for coastal protection. Compared to hard infrastructure, which is often designed for a single purpose, NBS can help to achieve societal, environmental and economic benefits. We believe the coastal eco-services can help to benefit people and economic activities.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect latest ideas, methods and research outcomes in the field of coastal protection and flooding. We look forward to receiving contributions in the form of research articles and reviews for this Special Issue. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Latest coastal protection ideas or methods;
  • Soft and hard coastal protection structures;
  • Nature-based solutions;
  • Coastal flooding mitigation methods;
  • Case studies;
  • Numerical simulations for coastal protection and flooding;
  • Field observations for coastal protection and flooding;
  • Laboratory experiments for coastal protection and flooding;
  • Strategies for coastal protection and flood mitigation.

Prof. Dong-Jiing Doong
Prof. Dr. Peter Froehle
Guest Editors

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  • Coastal protection measures;
  • Coastal flooding;
  • Coastal erosion;
  • Soft and hard coastal structures;
  • Nature-based solutions;
  • Climate change;
  • Coastal management;
  • Numerical simulation;
  • Hydrculic experiment;
  • In-situ observation.

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Improving Coastal Ocean Wave Height Forecasting during Typhoons by using Local Meteorological and Neighboring Wave Data in Support Vector Regression Models
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(3), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8030149 - 26 Feb 2020
This study is aimed at applying support vector regression to perform real-time typhoon wave height forecasting with lead times of 1 to 3 h. Two wave rider buoys in the coastal ocean northeast of Taiwan provided real-time observation wave and meteorological data for [...] Read more.
This study is aimed at applying support vector regression to perform real-time typhoon wave height forecasting with lead times of 1 to 3 h. Two wave rider buoys in the coastal ocean northeast of Taiwan provided real-time observation wave and meteorological data for the study. Information from actual typhoon events was collected and used for model calibration and validation. Three model structures were developed with different combinations of input variables, including wave, typhoon, and meteorological data. Analysis of forecasting results indicated that the proposed models have good generalization ability, but forecasts with longer lead times underestimate extreme wave heights. Comparisons of models with different inputs indicated that adding local meteorological data enhanced forecasting accuracy. Backup models were also developed in case local wave and meteorological data were unavailable. Analysis of these models revealed that when local wave heights are unknown, using neighboring wave heights can improve forecasting performance. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal Flooding and Protection)
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