About this Research Topic
Sea level rise and more intense precipitation are among the most evident effects of global warming that are expected to amplify the magnitude, as well as the frequency, of coastal floods. The consequences of these effects will be evident with regards to public safety, major property damage and serious health risks to the population as floodwater contains enteric pathogens and contaminants.
To mitigate the negative impacts arising from sea-level rise and intense precipitation, protection systems have been proposed as a solution to these problems. These solutions include storm-surge barriers, floodwalls, storage tanks, and natural or nature-based flood mitigation features. However, major challenges lie in providing estimations of the effects of these solutions and their impact on the coastal natural environment. Mathematical tools that couple coastal, hydrological, and groundwater flow models are therefore required to make estimations and predictions despite this uncertainty. In addition, extensive datasets are needed to build these new models and validate them. The ultimate goal of these models is to support risk management in different sectors (e.g. coastal planning, infra-structure retrofitting, green infrastructure) and at different scales (e.g., regional, city, community, individual levels of decision-making).
The goal of this Research Topic is to provide a platform for studies of flooding in coastal urban areas from different perspectives. We seek manuscripts on coastal and hydrological modeling, monitoring, designing of protection systems, risk management, and environmental impact of flooding as well as of engineered systems.
In particular, we encourage research on the following topics of interest:
• Numerical modeling of coupled coastal and hydrologic flooding with contaminant transport;
• Uncertainty quantification;
• The impact of flooding on human health and the environment;
• The interaction between aging infrastructure and natural water bodies in urban areas;
• Sensor networks for coastal monitoring including satellite data;
• The environmental impact of protection systems.
Keywords: Coastal Flooding, Modeling, Monitoring, Protection Systems, sea-level rise, intense precipitation, Climate, Uncertainty quantification, environmental impact
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