Special Issue "Coastal Vulnerability and Mitigation Strategies: From Monitoring to Applied Research"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019
The main focus of this Special Issue is the state-of-the-art and recent research on continental shelf vulnerability and relative management strategies for protecting coastal areas from a sustainable perspective.
The outlook of mitigation strategies against flooding and erosion and in the perspective of possible climate change are of interest. Protection against sea level rise will be especially important, as changes in sea level damage beaches and coastal systems. Contributions dealing with ecological coastal defense and innovative monitoring technique are strongly encouraged. Further, innovation in management tools for coastal managers and applied research in the topic of coastal zone management are also welcome.
Conservation of coastal systems and ecosystems requires the insights of a number of monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary, as well as integral studies and approaches. Under this vision, in this Special Issue, an ensemble of interdisciplinary articles will be then collected, emphasizing the importance of tackles technical and scientific problems at different scales and from different point of view.
Prof. Diego Vicinanza
Dr. Pasquale Contestabile
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- coastal vulnerability
- coastal defence
- coastal monitoring
- wave climate
- coastal morphodynamic
- coastal management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Tentative Authors: Contestabile, P., Conversano, F., Musco, L., Danovaro, R., Vicinanza, D.
Coastal hazard assessment. State of the art and new general procedure
Giandomenico Foti, Giuseppina Chiara Barillà, Giuseppe Barbaro, Pierfabrizio Puntorieri , Francesca Minniti and Caterina CanaleShort abstract:
Coastal areas represent the transition zone between sea and land and are of particular importance for the presence of buildings, infrastructure and economic activities. Currently, over 30% of the world’s population lives near the coast but a very high percentages of the coasts is subject to erosion. These are very topical issues above all in a territory like Italy, with about 7500 km of coasts, of which the 30% are in erosion.
Coastal areas are very vulnerable under the action of both natural and human-induced factors which influence the shoreline position and coastal dynamics in general, and can cause erosion and coastal flooding. From this point of view, knowledge of these factors is important for a correct assessment of the coastal hazard and, consequently, for effective management of coastal areas. Indeed, often coastal defense works have been used to mitigate erosive processes. However, in most cases the design of these works did not analyze the dynamics of the entire physiographic unit and therefore they triggered further erosive processes.
Amongst the human-induced factors, the demographic increases and the considerable anthropization that characterized the second half of the last century has increased the vulnerability of the coastal areas. The construction of buildings, infrastructures, ports and coastal defence works are of particular importance. Other important factors are the construction of hydraulic works that interfering with fluvial dynamics such as: levees, dams, sediment withdrawals and soil erosion by water (WSE).
Amongst the natural factors, the sea level rise, the wave action and the balance between longshore and river transport are of particular importance.
Coastal hazard assessment methodology varies greatly from one country to another and, also, varies within the same country. For example, in Italy almost all regions have developed their own methodology. The same variability is observed with respect to the natural and human-induced factors examined by each methodology. Therefore, a generalized methodology is absent, which incorporates all the factors that influence the coastal hazard.
The paper describes a procedure for assessing the coastal hazard. This procedure is of general validity, and takes into account all the factors that influence the coastal areas balance, for example geomorphology, coastal and river hydrodynamics, shoreline changes, the presence of ports and coastal and river defense works. The paper is divided into three sections: the first section analyzes the different methodologies for assessing the coastal hazard applied in various Italian regions and internationally. The second section describes the new procedure while the last section shows the application of this procedure in Italy, in the Calabria region.