Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas

Research Projects


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COHERENT is a Danish interdisciplinary research and innovation project that develops new insights and solutions for the integration of climate change adaptation and risk management at the Danish coastline. The projects aim is to develop an integrated approach for the risk management and a tailor-cut run-off model as basis to manage potential floods from both the sea and the hinterland catchment areas. HZG contributes as international partner to COHERENT by supporting capacity building, facilitating the stakeholder participation and transferring methods and knowledge across borders between the projects EXTREMNESS and COHERENT. The project receives funding from the Danish Innovation Fund and runs from 2017 to 2020. more



EXTREMNESS investigates the interplay of factors and conditions causing severe storm surges. The objective is to examine exceptional conditions, which can lead to exceptional high or long lasting tidal levels that have not been observed so far and which may be associated with corresponding consequences. The insights and lessons learned from this exercise will provide a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the future of coastal protection. The Department supports the project by contributing the perspective of local communities. more



The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (Regionale Klimaänderungen/Regional climate change) is a consortium of nine research centres within the Helmholtz Association. REKLIM is using its unique combination of competence in regional observations and process studies (in situ observations, airborne and satellite remote sensing) coupled with model simulations to improve regional and global climate models, which provide a solid basis for climate-related decision support. more

Risk awareness for climate change


From 2008 to 2015 each year 500 Hamburg citizens have been asked for their opinion about the impact of climate change on their living. Futhermore they were asked about the probability of natural disasters
On behalf of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Coastal Research the survey was conducted by forsa, a research institute for social research and statistical analysis.