Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Protection"

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 (15 August 2023) | Viewed by 2307

Special Issue Editors

Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA
Interests: coastal processes; coastal and offshore structures; fluid–structure interaction; flow-vegetation interaction; numerical modeling
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
Interests: coastal nature-based solutions; wave-current interaction; sediment transport; field observations; numerical modeling
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR), University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Interests: coastal engineering; fluid mechanics; physical oceanography; hydraulic engineering; sediment transport; physical modelling; risk assessment; climate change; nature-based-solutions
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Dear Colleagues,

Coastal communities are facing many hazards including erosion, storms, flooding, tsunamis, sea level rise, and other markers of climate change. These coastal hazards are also becoming more frequent and severe, leading to continual and costly maintenance, reconstruction, and reinforcement of conventional coastal defence structures such as jetties, groins, and seawalls. Sea level rise and intensified storms may also necessitate new or improved coastal protection for increasingly vulnerable communities. Relying on conventional coastal defence structures, i.e., physical barriers made of concrete and other hard materials may cause unforeseen ecological and environmental consequences as the climate changes. Moreover, hard coastal defence alone can only be designed for a specific climate target, and the uncertainties in climate projections along the coast may be too high to allow for sufficient design safety. Natural and nature-based solutions have the potential to protect coastlines without unintentionally adverse environmental impact and have the potential (with careful design and maintenance ) to adaptively accommodate an uncertain climate future. This Special Issue intends to collect novel research and reviews on natural and nature-based solutions for coastal protection including but not limited to the following topics:

  1. Coastal processes and potential coastal hazards, especially under climate change
  2. Studies of the efficacy of natural and nature-based solutions (e.g., vegetation, kelp, reefs, aquaculture structures, etc.) for coastal protection
  3. Comparative reviews of the state-of-the-art in natural and nature-based solutions
  4. Interdisciplinary research on ecological, social, and economic benefits from nature-based solutions
  5. Interdisciplinary research on natural and nature-based solutions combined with existing and future hard structures

Dr. Longhuan Zhu
Dr. Julia Hopkins
Dr. Rosaria E. Musumeci
Guest Editors

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  • coastal processes
  • coastal hazards
  • coastal defense
  • nature-based solutions
  • vegetation
  • kelp
  • reefs
  • climate change
  • sea level rise
  • living shorelines

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Potential of Transplanted Seagrass Meadows on Wave Attenuation in a Fetch-Limited Environment
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(6), 1186; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11061186 - 07 Jun 2023
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In this paper, the effectiveness of transplanted (either created or restored) seagrass meadows as a coastal protection measure is assessed through a five-step methodology. The analysis is focused on a stretch of the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean) which is a fetch-limited environment. The [...] Read more.
In this paper, the effectiveness of transplanted (either created or restored) seagrass meadows as a coastal protection measure is assessed through a five-step methodology. The analysis is focused on a stretch of the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean) which is a fetch-limited environment. The results show that even considering conservative values for the meadow parameters (plant diameter, meadow density and canopy height), significant reductions of the annual average wave heights reaching the beach may be obtained, reducing flooding and erosion risks. Therefore, the investment in the conservation and restauration of seagrass meadows for protecting coastal areas from erosion and flooding is a measure that must be considered, due to the multiple benefits that they provide including ecosystem services. In addition, the proposed methodology may be a useful tool for coastal managers to help them in the design of seagrass meadows for coastal protection. Full article
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