Special Issue "Advanced Studies in Maritime Spatial Planning Processes"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Coastal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 July 2023) | Viewed by 579

Special Issue Editor

Director of the Laboratory of Harbour Works, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), 15780 Zografou, Greece
Interests: marine hydraulic engineering and harbour works; coastal dynamics and coastal structures; environmental impact assessment of harbour and coastal works; port and coastal infrastructure monitoring; marine spatial planning; integrated coastal zone management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Maritime spatial planning (MSP) is a process used to optimise marine space allocation to various activities and the environment by avoiding negative interactions and improving synergies, thereby helping the advance towards a sustainable ocean economy. MSP represents a rapidly growing research field that integrates inputs across professional, physical, institutional and administrative boundaries. The goal of this Special Issue is to promote holistic and multidisciplinary research concerning the MSP process, seeking to achieve sustainability, develop innovation networks and foster experimentation. Priority will be given to articles presenting innovative methodologies and tools for the development, implementation and monitoring of MSP plans.

High-quality papers are encouraged for publication related, but not limited, to the following:

  • Maritime activities optimisation;
  • Decision support tools for a sustainable MSP;
  • Case studies;
  • Stakeholders’ engagement in the MSP process;
  • Incorporation of climate change in the MSP process;
  • Land-sea interactions;
  • Transboundary collaboration;
  • Challenges in developing maritime spatial plans.

Prof. Dr. Vicky Tsoukala
Guest Editor

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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2600 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.


  • maritime spatial planning (MSP)
  • conflicts
  • co- and multi-use
  • anthropogenic activities
  • ecosystem-based approach
  • climate change
  • land-sea interactions
  • MSP tool
  • marine zoning
  • blue growth

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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