Special Issue "Protecting Coastal Environments from the Effects of Climate Change and Urbanisation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Matteo Rubinato
Guest Editor
School of Energy, Construction and Environment & Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
Interests: hydraulics; environmental fluid mechanics; urban and coastal flooding; sustainable urban drainage systems; pollutant transport; river regulation; dynamic water surface patterns; advanced experimental flow measurement; climate change mitigation and adaptation
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Prof. Dr. Ming He
Guest Editor
Department of Ships and Marine Equipment Design and Engineering Management, School of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
Interests: wave mechanics; tsunami and flood; breakwater and sea dike; fluid–structure interaction; meshless computational fluid dynamics
Prof. Dr. Huabin Shi
Guest Editor
Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macao, China
Interests: sediment transport; granular flows; coastal hazards; storm surge and typhoon; meshless computational fluid dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coastal environments are some of the most populated on Earth, but with greater challenges projected in the future due to climate change and urbanisation, their healthy existence is increasingly perilous. Increased storm surge, flooding and erosion due to sea-level rise (SLR) and land subsidence (LS) are major natural hazards that coastal regions will face in the 21st century, with potentially high socioeconomic impacts. Furthermore, industrial spillages, effluents from sewage, refineries, urban and storm water runoff or oil leakages from broken ships can cause water quality issues, especially if the contaminants are dispersed under specific wave and current conditions, generating impacts on the livelihoods of people, public health and local water quality.

Therefore, there is a strong need to develop sustainable techniques that could protect coastal regions from meteorological and hydrological hazards and the diffusion and dispersion of pollutants. Additionally, a better understanding of coastal processes, which is significant to coastal protection, is highly encouraged. Furthermore, it is necessary to provide better predictions and improve the modelling of the influence and the secondary effects that coastal structures may have on local conditions, taking into consideration future uncertainties associated with climate change and urbanisation.

By protecting against storm damage, flooding and erosion, these living habitats can keep people safe and can help to mitigate economic loss of personal and public property, cultural landmarks and natural resources.

This Special Issue is set up to receive original research papers investigating the hydrodynamics, sediment transport, beach erosion, water quality and ecology of coastal environments to improve the scientific understanding of coastal processes as well as to identify new sustainable coastal protection structures or optimize existing ones. This Special Issue is open to experimental and numerical studies, theoretical ones and field works.

Dr. Matteo Rubinato
Prof. Dr. Ming He
Prof. Dr. Huabin Shi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • coastal protection
  • coastal sustainability
  • coastal flooding
  • coastal erosion
  • coastal vulnerability
  • sediment transport
  • pollutant transport
  • coastal structures
  • resilient coastlines
  • future uncertainty scenarios

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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