Learning from Geomorphological Adaptation of Coasts at Different Time Scales (2nd Edition)

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: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 68

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Centro de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIMA), Universidade do Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: coastal evolution; temporal scales; dune–beach morphodynamics
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Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Interests: shallow marine geology; the morphodynamics of bedform evolution; the inner-shelf sedimentary signatures from transgressions and regressions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of a Special Issue with the aim of bringing in examples that show how coastal systems react and adapt at different temporal scales and to different stressors. Natural systems respond and adapt to changing environmental conditions or other disturbances over time. A major constraint in understanding coastal adaptation at long-term temporal scales lies in the elevated degree of complexity of the responses, a consequence of their non-linearity and the many feedbacks that exist among the different components of a coastal system. This prevents extrapolating observations to capture short- to medium-term coastal adaptations. The stratigraphic record may significantly contribute to understanding the response of natural systems at longer time scales. However, the testimony left by the continuum of change on the coast may be partially incomplete or may not capture all possible response pathways. As coastal resilience is inextricably linked to these adaptation strategies, taking place over the full spectrum of coastal change, it is extremely relevant to explore and compile examples assessing the different scales of change in order to identify not only possible tipping points but also the consequences of crossing such boundaries.

Dr. Susana Costas
Prof. Dr. Duncan M. FitzGerald
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  • coastal barrier evolution, vulnerability, and resilience
  • evidence of non-linear barrier dynamics over distinct temporal scales
  • beach and dune morphodynamics
  • shoreline evolution from years to decades
  • perturbations and (eco)geomorphic adaptation of beach–dune systems across timescales
  • formation, evolution, and sealing of transgressive coastal dunes
  • observations of coastal adaptation through different time scales
  • impacts of climate and meteocean conditions variability on the beach–dune system
  • cross-scale integration of coastal barrier changes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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