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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Maps

For a Special Issue on
Mapping the landscapes and evolutionary processes of ancient coastal areas

Abstract deadline
15 October 2021

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Gaia Mattei, Parthenope University of Naples
[email protected]

Francisco Javier Gracia Prieto, University of Cadiz
[email protected]

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Mapping the landscapes and evolutionary processes of ancient coastal areas

We would like to invite contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Maps focused on past landscape evolution, geomorphological processes, human impact and system-response effects on the anthropic coasts of extreme events in historical and recent times.

Modern approaches to paleo-landscape and paleo-sea level reconstructions are particularly welcome, due to their inherent tendency to acquire a large amounts of four-dimensional data (3D points and time) on the spatial dimension of coastal landscapes.


This special issue aims to promote approaches to gathering and  geo-datasets and creating evolutionary maps of coastal areas, as well as the results of spatial analyses on coastal paleo-environments and landscape changes at various temporal and spatial scales.

The cartographic products should depict a synthesis of these analyses through 2D and 3D visualizations derived from the interplay of existing and new data. The integration of data from different scientific fields should provide a “big picture” of the interaction between human and natural forcing factors on past and future coastal changes.


Since the Late-Pleistocene–Holocene transition, coastal landscapes have undergone widespread morphological and environmental evolution primarily triggered by significant changes in the post-glacial rates of sea-level rise, but also by local and regional geological and climatic forcing. Studying these dynamic environments and their related coastal responses is crucial to assessing the potential impact of the interplay between the above-mentioned forcing factors, including relative sea-level rise, and to prepare for the adaptation of coastal communities threatened by a changing climate.

However, reconstructing ancient coastal landscapes, and their evolution through time, is an issue of significant scientific value not only within the framework of climate change studies but also in terms of a global understanding of the main geomorphological processes that can modify coasts and interfere with nearshore communities.

In this context, advanced mapping techniques and progresses in surveying methods has allowed the production of high-resolution representations of both ancient and contemporary coastal landscapes in order to evaluate the main coastal changes that have occurred over the last millennia, as well as the human impact on the environment. These evolutionary maps are effective instruments of comprehension to underline the effects of sudden or secular coastal modifications, taking into account related human influences and adaptations.


We welcome studies focused on paleo-landscape reconstructions from the onshore to the offshore, as well as studies on regional and local coastal modifications that followed relative sea-level changes or extreme events in historical and recent times.

Without constraining the range of topics that are potentially suitable for inclusion in the special issue, we offer the following as examples:

  • palaeo-environmental reconstruction of coastal areas;
  • Late-Holocene morphoevolution of coastal landscapes;
  • mapping of recent and ancient coastal changing;
  • effects of relative sea-level changes on coasts;
  • historical and recent anthropogenic coastal modification; and
  • high-resolution 3D modelling of underwater landscapes.

Submission Instructions

  • All papers are expected to consist of a map or series of maps (loosely and broadly defined to include various forms of spatial representation) accompanied by a brief explanatory text. Papers should be bespoke, and the mapping of good quality. All papers in this special issue will undergo a rigorous peer-review process. To submit a paper, authors should do the following:
  • Submit a short draft (500 word limit) outlining the key themes and scope of the paper, where possible including example mapping, by 15th October 2021.
  • Submit a completed paper (4000 word limit) by 28th February 2022.
  • The special issue will be published in 2022.

The guest editors team are happy to discuss ideas for submissions and their suitability for the special issue with potential contributors prior to the short draft submission stage.

All submissions should be made via the Journal of Maps website, where further guidance on all aspects of submission can be found. Please note the journal is open access, with an Article Processing Charge (APC) of £615 / $800 / €715 applying on accepted articles.


  • Pietro P.C. Aucelli, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy
  • Pierluigi Brandolini, University of Genova, Italy
  • Francisco Javier Gracia Prieto, University of Cadiz, Spain
  • Gaia Mattei, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy
  • Paolo Orrù, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Giacomo Deiana, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Loic Menanteau, University of Nantes, France

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