Special Issue "Sustainable Coastal Management"

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 (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 1197

Special Issue Editors

Department of Life and Matter Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University South Brittany, Geo-Ocean, Univ Bretagne Sud, Univ Brest, CNRS, Ifremer, UMR6538, F-56000 Vannes, France
Interests: coastal geomorphology; coastal ocean processes; coastal vulnerability and adaptation management; dunes and beaches; rocky coasts; nature-based solutions
Department of Geology, Faculty of Geology, University of Oviedo, 33005 Oviedo, Spain
Interests: geology; estuaries; coastal and port management; dunes; beaches; coastal geomorphology; anthropocene
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Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, University of Brest, Geo-Ocean, Univ Brest, CNRS, Ifremer, UMR6538, F-29280 Plouzane, France
Interests: coastal dynamics; sediment transport; sandy beaches; coral reefs; sediment-concentration-measurement-technique development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The attraction of living along coastal regions, where approximately 50% of the world's population lives at present, has resulted in this space being under considerable pressure, which is exacerbated by various factors, such as sea level rise, climate change, and extreme events. Facing these threats, the most urgent problems for the coastal community are to assess the impacts of climate change and to present sustainable solutions for coastal areas. It is a matter of urgency to reconsider our traditional approaches to the management of coastal issues and to rapidly develop a new paradigm of “Sustainable Coastal Management”.

In the present Special Issue, we aim to address the theme of “Sustainable Coastal Management” from a multitude of complementary sub-themes that take into consideration the adaptation and sustainability of natural coastal resources and built environments. We invite the submissions of reviews and original contributions related to the technical, legal, ecological, economical, and even social behaviors, as well as policy issues related to the sustainable uses and management of coastal zones and marine resources.  

The Special Issue welcomes submissions on the field of sustainable coastal management research addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Sustainable coastal management;
  • Definition and evaluation of coastal management sustainability indices;
  • Climate change-adaptation planning and management of coastal zones;
  • Marine spatial planning;
  • Integral coastal management and planning;
  • Marine spatial planning;
  • Coastal engineering and ecosystems;
  • Nature-based solutions for coastal zones;
  • Innovative coastal engineering;
  • Green coastal engineering;
  • Socioeconomic impacts and risks on vulnerable coastal zones;
  • Coastal risk assessment and reduction;
  • Coastal vulnerability;
  • Resilience of coastal zones;
  • Remote sensing applied to coastal management;
  • Novel coastal modeling approach;
  • Coastal hazard and vulnerability analysis;
  • Success story of sustainable coastal-adaptation management.

Dr. Mouncef Sedrati
Prof. Dr. Germán Flor-Blanco
Dr. France Floc'h
Guest Editors

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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.

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  • coastal vulnerability
  • coastal hazards
  • coastal risks
  • mitigation and adaptation
  • coastal management
  • coastal engineering
  • coastal resilience
  • climate change adaptation
  • nature-based solutions
  • climate change

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Beach Conditions for Guiding the Sandy Beach Management in Phuket, Thailand
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(7), 1457; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11071457 - 21 Jul 2023
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Thailand’s current beach management strategies lack integration across sectors, resulting in conflicts of interest and insufficient consideration of diverse beach uses. The complexity of environmental, socio-economic, and coastal disasters challenge policymakers to describe the conditions of sandy beaches, and the most effective coastal [...] Read more.
Thailand’s current beach management strategies lack integration across sectors, resulting in conflicts of interest and insufficient consideration of diverse beach uses. The complexity of environmental, socio-economic, and coastal disasters challenge policymakers to describe the conditions of sandy beaches, and the most effective coastal management adaptation measures. This study suggests an integrated approach to evaluate beach conditions by incorporating the Urbanization Index, Conservation Index, and Recreation Index. Furthermore, the assessment of beach conditions will include the Threat Index, which consists of erosion rates and shoreline recession caused by sea level rise. The trends index will prioritize beach conditions for appropriate management actions. The study suggests management strategies that aim to preserve the physical and environmental aspects of the beach, while restoring its functionality for ecosystem services by applying engineering structures with beach nourishment. The main purpose of this study is to develop a beach condition that can be used as a guideline for sandy beach management in Thailand. It provides insights and recommendations to policymakers for enhancing the sustainability and resilience of Thailand’s coastal areas in the face of urbanization and climate change. Full article
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