Special Issue "Coastal and Continental Shelf Dynamics in a Changing Climate"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Oceans and Coastal Zones".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 March 2021.
Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Serafeim E. Poulos
Guest Editor
Department of Geography and Climatology, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15772 Athens, Greece
Interests: environmental oceanography; physical geography; coastal landforms; nearshore morphodynamics; coastal erosion
Dr. Vasilios Kapsimalis
Guest Editor
Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, 46.7 km Athens-Sounio Ave., 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Interests: marine geology; coastal geomorphology; sediment quality assessment; dredged material management; coastal erosion; underwater geoarchaeology
Dr. Ioannis P. Panagiotopoulos
Guest Editor
Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, 46.7 km Athens-Sounio Ave., 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Interests: marine sedimentology; marine geology; seabed morphology; sediment dynamics; environmental oceanography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In an ever changing Earth, coastal areas and continental shelves represent the dynamic transition zone between the land and ocean, including a variety of geomorphic features as well as rich living and non-living natural resources. They are also extremely important systems that enhance prosperity in many societies by integrating ecosystem services and several uses (e.g., agriculture, tourism, fishing, aquaculture, maritime transport). In particular, shelf seas contribute to climate amelioration and absorption of atmospheric gases including climatically-crucial greenhouse gases.

However, anthropogenic activities affect the natural evolution and, in many cases, even the connectivity of vulnerable coastal landforms (e.g., river deltas, estuaries, lagoons and beaches) by changing the availability and transport of sediments (either terrestrial or marine) and by intervening in the nearshore hydrodynamics through "hard" engineering constructions. Moreover, modification of freshwater influxes in association with climate variability (i.e., solar radiation, wind field) change the seawater temperature, shelf waters stratification and circulation patterns, while acidification enhancement poses a great risk to marine biota.

Based on the above, the research on coastal areas and shelf seas has to be increasingly focused on producing data and information to promote a science-based understanding of the changes in these environments with their consequences and to enable realistic assessments of the potential benefits and risks of human activities. Hence, the ambition of this Special Issue is to draw the attention of all environmental scientists in order to fill significant knowledge gaps related to pressures, impacts and trends in coastal areas and shelf seas, configured by the climate change and increased human presence.

We welcome innovative contributions, including collection and analysis of field observations or simulations with physical and numerical models, focusing on the topics (although provisional) referred to below:

  • Changes in hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics in relation (for example) to the impacts of sea level rise and modified storm intensities, coastal defence measures, dredging operations, offshore constructions, long-term coastal evolution and interactions of shelf seas with the ocean.
  • Anthropogenic impacts on shelf water’s biogeochemical cycles derived, for example, from changes in agriculture practices, dam operations, urban and industrial sewages, etc.
  • Biological changes (e.g., benthic biodiversity, food webs under the influence of new invasive species and climate change).

Prof. Dr. Serafeim E. Poulos
Dr. Vasilios Kapsimalis
Dr. Ioannis P. Panagiotopoulos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Coastal landforms
  • Coastline evolution
  • Submarine geomorphology
  • Environmental oceanography
  • Marine sedimentology
  • Fluvial fluxes
  • Biodiversity
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Sea level rise
  • Seawater Stratification intensity
  • Coastal zone management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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