Scientists are investigating the complex interrelationships in detail
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The findings improve our fundamental understanding of the coastal system, helping industry and authorities to forecast currents and wave height, for example. Special attention is paid to models that afford a glimpse into the future: how will climate change and rising sea levels affect the coastal regions and how can we adapt to such changes?
Coasts must be examined from as many perspectives as possible in order to understand them in all their complexity. This requires scientists from a wide range of fields. At the Institute of Coastal Research, physicists and climate researchers analyse the interaction between waves, ocean currents and the atmosphere. Chemists hunt for contaminants, biologists study marine life and geologists focus on seafloor conditions.