About the book
Coastal engineering is one of the most challenging topics of civil and environmental engineering. The interaction of complex phenomena occurring near the coast makes the design of coastal structures a hard task. Nevertheless, the design of coastal structures is only the last step of a long and tortuous path leading to the definition of sustainable coastal zone management. The needed holistic approach must take into account the interaction between river flow and propagating waves, also in view of long-term variation of environmental forcing related to the climate change scenarios. The big deal is managing coastal areas by paying attention to the links between coastal erosion and flooding, and the land use transformation. Effects on coastal water quality, adaptation to climate change, innovative solutions to manage coastal erosion, urban planning of coastal areas, urban development, wave energy converters as a coastal protection measure, effective numerical and experimental tools to support the designer, the effect of siltation in reservoirs on sediment budget of coastal areas – these are only a few examples of open problems within the frame of coastal engineering.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in coastal engineering, covering all the aspects that eventually lead to the deployment of coastal structures: from the large-scale coastal zone planning down to the small-scale details of a specific intervention. Authors are also welcome to outline future perspectives in order to pave the way for future development based on innovative approaches.