Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas

Research Projects



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


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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

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.