Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas

Research Projects



ENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project will develop new multisector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). Hazards related to heat waves, forest fires, flood, drought, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions. more


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The aim of the BONUS BALTSPACE project (8 partners, coordinator Södertörn University, Sweden) is to provide science-based approaches and tools supporting Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in its role as policy integrator. In BONUS BALTSPACE this aim will be reached by combining a critical in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of current integration challenges (e.g. across policies, sectors, stakeholder inputs, knowledge, ecological and (geo)political scales, scientific disciplines) to identify enablers and constraints, with development and test of science-based approaches and tools, which address how this could be achieved. The department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas is involved in all work packages and will lead WP 3 (approaches and tools). This includes main responsibility for test and evaluation of several governance related approaches such as the bow-tie approach for risk and policy analysis, governance baselines to understand the evolution of institutional dynamics (further development from our work in the KnowSeas project and in LOICZ). 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

MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator, 2014-2017)


MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) is an ambitious initiative by UHI (University of the Highlands and the Islands) funded by the European Union FP7 (REGPOT) programme. The project seeks to establish a marine energy research and innovation hub in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. In this context the department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas works with the UHI partner SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Sciences) on topics around renewable energies and Maritime Spatial Planning including exchange of researchers between SAMS and HZG. more

Wind Power and Landscape (2013-2015)

Spain project

This project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, brings together research groups from 3 countries, undertaking comparative case study analysis on landscape values in relation to wind farms in Spain, Sweden and Germany. The landscapes emerging from the development of renewable energies have become an important point of discussion in many European countries, since the European Union initiated a process of energy policy reform. In this project different concepts and methods for landscape assessment, in particular Historic Landscape Characterization (HLC), Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) are compared. Special attention is paid to analysis of the coastal/offshore wind farm setting, because the offshore setting is playing an increasingly important role in the context of Maritime Spatial Planning. 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.