About this Research Topic
Coastal wetlands such as mangroves, salt marshes, oyster reefs and seagrasses, buffer coastlines against both storms and sea-level rise. However, over the past few decades, large coastal wetland areas are lost globally due to the combined influence of human intervention and climate change. The dynamics of coastal wetlands are often complex, and coastal biogeomorphologic processes are the key to the understanding of coastal wetland resilience and adaptability to the future environment. It has become a booming research field in Marine Science. Currently, more insights and knowledge from this line of research are required to assist science-based management to safeguard valuable coastal wetlands.
1. We aim to bring together ecologists, coastal scientists, and engineers to allow different approaches to examine coastal evolution and propose new methods to protect and restore vulnerable coastal wetlands.
2. We aim to advance the current understanding of coastal biogeomorphologic processes, by welcoming new insights, new data, and novel methods in this line of research.
3. This Research Topic is also expected to deliver science-based guidelines to better protect coastal ecosystems and utilization of their services.
We welcome submissions related to coastal biogeomorphologic processes, including but not limited to the following list:
1. description of new theories and insights into coastal bio-physical interactions and ecosystem dynamics;
2. field and laboratory studies that advance our understanding of coastal biogeomorphologic processes;
3. numerical models describing coastal biogeomorphology and ecosystem dynamics;
4. well-defined reviews of a specific topic of coastal biogeomorphology, e.g. the impact of human intervention and climate change on mangrove systems;
5. novel research methods and unique data that are of wide interest to the field.
Keywords: coastal wetlands, sediment, bio-physical interaction, anthropogenic impacts, climate change
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