Special Issue "Coastal Vulnerability and Management: Evaluation of Risk Levels and Mitigation Strategies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Komali Kantamaneni
Guest Editor
Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University, Southampton SO14 0YN, UK
Interests: Coastal vulnerability; Natural disasters (hydrological); Climate change and risk analysis; GIS; Development and application of holistic framework/systems around various facets of the environment and climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coastal regions are vulnerable to extreme weather, such as storms, which incur significant costs to coastal societies. As a consequence of climate change, global coastal communities are increasingly at risk from sea level rise and increased storm intensities. Rapid large-scale coastal infrastructure development, frequent strikes of intensive natural disasters, and temperature fluctuations increase coastal vulnerability. In developing countries, climate change influences can be catastrophic in terms of human cost, but with developed nations, there is also more of an economic challenge. Therefore, to inform coastal zone management, coastal vulnerability assessments with respect to present and predicted climate change scenarios are important.

The main emphasis of this Special Issue is current research on global and regional coastal vulnerability and coastal management and mitigation strategies for protecting coastal areas from diverse viewpoints. Safeguarding of coastal regions with a vast infrastructure requires the insights of a number of inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary approaches, as well as novel integrated procedures. With this in mind, this Special Issue will focus on interdisciplinary articles. Submissions dealing with coastal defense, coastal sustainability, and novel assessment techniques with GIS are strongly encouraged. New tools for coastal engineers and managers, and pragmatic research on the topic of coastal zone management are also welcome. There is no geographical remit (study area) for the submissions.

Dr. Komali Kantamaneni
Guest Editor

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  • Coastal vulnerability
  • Natural disasters/coastal hazards
  • Coastal erosion
  • Coastal defense and mitigation
  • Coastal management
  • Coastal sustainability

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Agriculture Systems to Climate Change in Coastal Areas: A Novel Index
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4771; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114771 - 11 Jun 2020
This study proposes a novel index to evaluate agricultural vulnerability to climate change in coastal areas, using the case of Andhra Pradesh, the state with the second longest coastline in India. Field data was collected from more than 1000 farmers (involved in [...] Read more.
This study proposes a novel index to evaluate agricultural vulnerability to climate change in coastal areas, using the case of Andhra Pradesh, the state with the second longest coastline in India. Field data was collected from more than 1000 farmers (involved in over 50 varieties of crops) in 22 riverine and coastal case study areas. Data was collected through site visits, surveys and five workshops conducted between November 2018 and June 2019. Based on the collected data sets, a new Agricultural Coastal Vulnerability Index (AGCVI) was developed and applied to the 22 sites located in two districts (Krishna and Guntur) of Coastal Andhra Pradesh. The analysis revealed that the areas with three crop seasons (Kharif, Rabi and Zaid) per year are highly vulnerable to climate change. On the other hand, sites with one crop season (Kharif) per annum are the least vulnerable to climate change. Moreover, grains (particularly rice), flowers and fruit crops are more susceptible to climate change and its induced impacts. Rice is no longer a profitable crop in the case study areas partly as a result of unfavourable weather conditions, inadequate insurance provision and lack of government support for farmers. Cumulatively, all these circumstances impact farmers’ incomes and socio-cultural practices: this is leading to a marriage crisis, with a reduction in the desirability of matrimony to farmers. These findings provide valuable information that can support climate and agriculture policies, as well as sustainable cropping patterns among farmers’ communities in coastal areas of India in the future. Full article
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