Special Issue "Modeling and Monitoring of Coastal Ocean, Nearshore and Estuarine Environments"

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 March 2024 | Viewed by 736

Special Issue Editors

The University of Southern Mississippi, Division of Marine Science, Stennis Space Center, Hattiesburg, MS, USA
Interests: coastal ocean modeling; coastal engineering; ocean engineering; coastal sediment transport
US Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA, USA
Interests: physical oceanography; numerical modeling; marine renewable energy; coastal wetlands; geospatial analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The coastal environment is becoming more vulnerable due to climate change and its associated impacts such as sea level rise, significant coastal erosion, coastal hazards and compound flooding, among others. Additionally, there is a vast number of natural resources in coastal ecosystems such as coastal wetlands, fisheries and shellfisheries that require sustainable management and restoration as well as major blue economy initiatives and new technology developments in coastal oceans. Advancements in computer modeling, new technologies in remote sensing, development of autonomous underwater and surface vehicles as well as the expanding in situ measurement networks enhance coastal predictions, forecasting and monitoring in coastal ocean, nearshore and estuarine environments.

We encourage submissions with research and applications of modeling systems and coastal monitoring systems to study hydrodynamics, morphodynamics, and hydrology of the coastal environments.

We are particularly encouraging submissions from the following areas:

(1) Coastal Ocean Modeling applications

These include coupled atmosphere, wave, ocean, sediment transport, ecosystem, riverine and hydrological modeling studies and applications that investigate or forecast the coastal ocean state at the near-coastal, shelf, estuarine and nearshore scales for:

  • Meteorological events and natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, or meteorological tsunamis;
  • Any natural or artificial features for shore protection;
  • Remedies for improved boat navigation;
  • Ocean energy converters.

(2) Coastal Remote Sensing applications and Geospatial Techniques

Application of previously established geospatial techniques to new domains or development of new geospatial techniques to interpret remote sensed data from satellites, land stations (i.e., H/F radar) airplanes or unmanned aircraft systems applied to:

  • Coastal waters;
  • Shorelines (e.g., barrier islands, beaches, cliffs);
  • Beach features (e.g., dunes, sandbars);
  • Coastal wetlands (e.g., marshes, river deltas).

(3) Coastal land and/or ocean monitoring with autonomous systems, including

  • Uncrewed aerial systems (UAS); 
  • Remotely operated vehicles (ROV); 
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV);
  • Autonomous surface vehicles (ASV).

(4) Coastal Change Prediction/Forecast Systems

Application and development of operational or pre-operational prediction and forecast systems at near-coastal scales including but not limited to:

  • High-resolution applications of variable resolution grids, unstructured grids or nested systems;
  • Coupled model applications to study wind–wave, wave–current and ocean–atmosphere interactions;
  • Modeling systems with applications for water quality, habitat suitability, ecosystem and ecological effects;
  • Multi-resolution applications to understand the impact of global large-scale dynamics on the near-coastal environment.

(5) Synthesis of coastal data and models for improved decision making

Any studies that combine large scale in situ monitoring or geospatial monitoring with ocean modeling in the coastal environments to inform management actions and strategical coastal planning.

Dr. Mustafa Kemal Cambazoglu
Dr. Zafer Defne
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 ocean modeling
  • coastal ocean remote sensing
  • coastal ocean monitoring
  • coastal ocean forecasting
  • autonomous systems
  • coastal ocean energy
  • coastal data synthesis
  • coastal sediment transport
  • nearshore hydrodynamics
  • estuarine circulation
  • coastal wetlands

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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