Recent Advances in the Ecological Conservation of Coastal Landscapes

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 241

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Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Biology, Campus Vida, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: coastal landscape; spatial analysis; environment; GIS; Physical geography
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Dear Colleagues,

Diversity is the main characteristic of coasts globally. Thousands of kilometres of long, worldwide, different climatic domains; different rock types; and different oceanographic conditions have given rise to a great diversity of landscapes, as follows: cliffs and rocky platforms, beaches, dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, coastal lagoons, estuaries, and deltas.

This is due to the fact that coasts are open systems whereby diverse elements interact; this has given rise to changing dynamic processes over time and space worldwide.

As a consequence of global warming and, especially, human activity over the last centuries, many parts of the coastline are undergoing a phase of profound change. This is irreversibly modifying all ecological parameters, jeopardising not only their natural values but also human habitability.

The aim of this Special Issue is to examine the origin, nature, and consequences that affect the state of conservation of coastal landscapes in depth, as well as the possibility of developing protocols for action that can significantly contribute to their conservation.

Original research papers may focus on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Analysis of cases of degradation of coastal ecosystems: cliffs, dunes, marshes, lagoons, mangroves, etc.
  • Proposals for monitoring the state of conservation of coastal landscapes at the local, regional, or global levels.
  • Methodological proposals aimed at improving the conservation status of coastal landscapes.
  • Analysis of the causes and consequences of recent transformations in the landscapes of different coastal areas around the world.
  • Coastal landscapes, human activity, and conservation. Landscape remote sensing data processing.

Prof. Dr. Augusto Pérez-Alberti
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  • integrated coastal landscape studies
  • characterization of coastal ecosystems
  • applied techniques for the analysis of coastal landscapes
  • cartography applied to the identification of threats
  • protocols for monitoring the state of conservation of coastal landscapes
  • techniques for mitigating impacts on coastal landscapes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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