Special Issue "Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sandro De Muro
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MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: coastal and marine geomorphology; sedimentology; coastal dynamics; quaternary geology
Dr. Andrea Ruju
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MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: wave modeling; surf zone hydrodynamics; flooding risk assessment; wave climate
Dr. Carla Buosi
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MedCoastLab, Mediterranean Geomorphological Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA) 09042, Italy
Interests: ecogeomorphology; marine bioindicators; benthic habitat analysis; environmental micropalaeontology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Special Issue on “Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change” in Applied Sciences.

Climate change and an increasing human pressure on coastal areas are able to alter beach morphodynamics, potentially posing serious threats to the survival of beach systems that cannot accommodate these modifications. Low resilience levels are often the result of bad coastal management, which inhibits the natural ability of beaches to respond and recover from external forces. For instance, the valuable ecosystem services provided by seagrasses (e.g., Posidonia sp.) have only recently been acknowledged by coastal managers and stakeholders. This is of paramount concern in Mediterranean coastal areas and other regions worldwide, for instance, Western Australia, where the presence of the meadow outlines similar benthic habitats. The great value for coastal communities of these fragile systems highlights the importance of assessing their resilience in order to evaluate the impact of natural hazards and the identification of mitigation strategies. In this context, it is essential to set up monitoring systems that are able to provide tracking, understanding, and potentially, predictions related to short- and long-term beach dynamics and their forcing mechanisms.

This Special Issue of the journal Applied Sciences, “Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics under Climate Change”, aims to collect contributions devoted to beach monitoring programs and coastal risk assessment. The focus is on wave-dominated Mediterranean shores and similar worldwide environments characterized by the presence of seagrass meadows in the nearshore, their forcing mechanisms and responses. Contributions that integrate different data collection and analysis approaches (for instance combined measurements and modeling) are particularly welcome.

The main topics covered in this Special Issue are:

  • Beach measurements and monitoring programs;
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation;
  • Health system assessment through bioindicators;
  • Ecosystem services;
  • Operational systems;
  • Beach evolution under climate change;
  • Coastal risk assessment and prediction;
  • Human pressure on coastal systems;
  • Combined remote and in situ measurements;
  • Combined measurements and numerical modeling.

Prof. Dr. Sandro De Muro
Dr. Andrea Ruju
Dr. Carla Buosi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • beach morphodynamics
  • monitoring programs
  • climate change
  • coastal resilience
  • coastal management
  • ecosystem services

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Shoreline Response to Wave Forcing and Sea Level Rise along a Geomorphological Complex Coastline (Western Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea)
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(9), 4009; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11094009 - 28 Apr 2021
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Beaches responses to storms, as well as their potential adaptation to the foreseeable sea level rise (SLR), were investigated along three beaches in a coastal tract in western Sardinia (Western Mediterranean Sea). The grain size of the sediments, the beach profile variability and [...] Read more.
Beaches responses to storms, as well as their potential adaptation to the foreseeable sea level rise (SLR), were investigated along three beaches in a coastal tract in western Sardinia (Western Mediterranean Sea). The grain size of the sediments, the beach profile variability and the wave climate were analyzed in order to relate morphological changes, geological inheritances and waves forcing. Multibeam, single-beam and lidar data were used to characterize the inner shelf morphologies and to reproduce the flooding due to the SLR. The studied beaches experienced major changes when consecutive storms, rather than singles ones, occurred along the coastline. The sediment availability, the grain size and the geomorphological structure of the beaches were the most important factors influencing the beach response. On the sediment-deprived coarse beaches the headlands favor the beach rotation, and the gravel barrier morphology can increase the resistance against storms. On the sediment-abundant beaches, the cross-shore sediment transport towards a submerged area leads to a lowering in the subaerial beach level and a contemporaneous shoreline retreat in response to storms. A very limited ingression of the sea is related to the SLR. This process may affect (i) the gravel barrier, promoting a roll over due to the increase in overwash; (ii) the embayed beach increasing its degree of embayment as headlands become more prominent, and (iii) the sediment-abundant beach with an erosion of the whole subaerial beach during storms, which can also involve the foredune area. Full article
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Long-Term Analysis of Wave Climate and Shoreline Change along the Gulf of California
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(23), 8719; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10238719 - 05 Dec 2020
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The last ten years have shown that Climate Change (CC) is a major global issue to attend to. The integration of its effects into coastal impact assessments and adaptation plans has gained great attention and interest, focused on avoiding or minimizing human lives [...] Read more.
The last ten years have shown that Climate Change (CC) is a major global issue to attend to. The integration of its effects into coastal impact assessments and adaptation plans has gained great attention and interest, focused on avoiding or minimizing human lives and asset losses. Future scenarios of mean sea level rises and wave energy increase rates have then been computed, but downscaling still remains necessary to assess the possible local effects in small areas. In this context, the effects of CC on the wave climate in the Gulf of California (GC), Mexico, have received little attention, and no previous studies have tackled the long-term trend of wave climate at a regional scale. In this paper, the long-term trends of the wave height, wave period and wave energy in the GC were thus investigated, using the fifth-generation climate reanalysis dataset (ERA5). The long-term shoreline evolution was also examined from historical Landsat images, so as to identify erosional hotspots where intervention can be prioritized. The results indicate that both the mean and extreme wave regimes in the GC are getting more energetic and that two-thirds of the coast is suffering chronic erosion. A discrepancy between the trends of the wave period and wave height in some regions of the Gulf was also found. Finally, the importance of natural processes, human activity and CC in the shoreline change is highlighted, while addressing the need for future permanent field observations and studies in the GC. Full article
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