Institute of Coastal Research
Coastal systems are under constant pressure from short and long term natural influences, including erosion or sea level rise due to climate change, and from human endeavours, for example, transportation, land use patterns, tourism, etc. As a means to identify the potential for change, sustainability, and adaptation, coastal research provides the tools, assessments, and scenarios for managing this vulnerable landscape.
Research activities span both the natural and human dimensions of coastal dynamics, analysing the coastal system in global and regional contexts, conducting assessments of the state and sensitivity of the coastal system to natural and human influences, and developing scenarios of future coastal options.
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Sustainable use of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea: coastal researchers provide the basis for future protection of the marine environment.
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In the next 3 years coastal researchers will closely examine the processes in the sea floors of the German sectors of the North Sea and Baltic Sea to provide a scientific basis for the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), is funding five collaborative projects which are now commencing their work.
Geesthacht Coastal and Material Researchers welcomed the “Alex II” to the “City of Science”
Last weekend approximately 2,500 guests visited the science exhibition of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht at the cruise ship terminal in Travemünde where Geesthacht scientists presented their research activities and innovations. The reason for this event was the visit of the sail training vessel “Alexander von Humboldt II”. This was a great occasion for Lübeck, as this year’s City of Science, and was accompanied by a supporting programme of scientific events.
The Wadden Sea as ”Heimat”
The Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht would like to understand what the people who live on the Wadden Sea coast think about their region. Professor Dr. Beate Ratter, head of department at the Institute for Coastal Research, has initiated the survey and carries it out together with the Dutch foundation WaddenArt. The survey takes place in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Inhabitants of the Wadden Sea coast are invited to take part.
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