About this Research Topic
Coastlines, from sandy systems to muddy estuaries and deltas are home to ecosystems of great value, as well as dense populations. The effects of global change on coastal ecosystems are of primary interest, given the crises that the loss of these ecosystems and their services could induce, both to the environment and to society. Climate change is associated with accelerating sea-level rise, changing wind climates (storm intensity and frequency), and global warming. Any of these may induce changes in hydrodynamic patterns, and thereby affect the delicate balances in physical exchange processes.
This Research Topic seeks to bring together multidisciplinary research on climate change and its consequences on coastal ecosystems around the world. Integrated physical and environmental perspectives, including studies ranging from a global perspective to effects at the organism scale which have consequences for the larger-scale ecosystem functioning, are welcomed, alongside study cases reflecting short- or long-term effects. Research on hydrodynamics-coastal ecosystem interactions under climate change scenarios and their consequences in functionality, connectivity, resistance, resilience, and services of coastal ecosystems through case studies is also welcome. Local and regional scale case studies around the world, that address physical, environmental, and multidisciplinary perspectives, reflecting short- or long-term effects and possible solutions, are invited.
The 3 main themes of interest of this Research Topic are:
• Understanding the effects of climate change in climate-related drivers: sea-level rise, wave climate, currents, tropical cyclones, storm surge, sea temperature, etc.
• Defining the problem: understanding shifts in ecosystem integrity in the face of climate change, from an organism perspective to a landscape scale.
• Defining solutions: providing perspectives on how to mitigate the consequences of global change in coastal ecosystems and in the services they provide
We would particularly like to invite scientists with a physics, ecological, or engineering perspective.
Keywords: Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, Hydrodynamics, Sea Level Rise
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