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Coastal Engineering - State of the Art and Future Perspectives

Marcello Di Risio

University of L'Aquila

Prof. Marcello Di Risio is a researcher in coastal engineering, involved in experimental and numerical investigations on coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics. He is the appointed Head of the Laboratory of Environmental and Maritime Hydraulics at the University of L’Aquila, Italy.


Coastal Engineering Coastal Structure Coastal Zone Hydrodynamics Morphodynamics Environmental Forcing Climate Change Holistic Design Coastal Erosion Coastal Management Experimental Modeling Numerical Modeling

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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.

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Date completed: September 9th 2021

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Expected publication date: April 25th 2022

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Marcello Di Risio

University of L'Aquila

Marcello Di Risio is a full professor (academic discipline: Hydraulic Structures, Maritime Engineering, and Hydrology) at the Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of L'Aquila, Italy. He is the Head of the Laboratory of Environmental and Maritime Hydraulics (LIam) at the same department. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Roma Tre University, Italy and held a research grant at the Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy. From 2008-2020, he served as a researcher and associate professor at the University of L'Aquila, Italy. He has acted as chief scientist and coordinator of several research projects, funded by public and private bodies. With many years of experience in the field of hydraulic and maritime construction, his main research topics are: mathematical and experimental modeling of coastal morphodynamic and hydrodynamic phenomena, landslide-generated waves, maritime and hydraulic works, hydraulic and coastal risk analysis, real-time identification systems of tidal waves, real-time forecasting systems of wave motion and water levels, and development of devices for energy extraction from waves.

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