Institute for Coastal Research, GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH Geesthacht, Germany
Data Center Description
The Institute for Coastal Research (ICR) at GKSS Research Centre has developed an applications-oriented, interdisciplinary research program addressing the dynamics, state, change and utility of the coastal environment. The institute?s mission is - in cooperation with his partner institutes on national and European level - to provide the scientific foundation for the implementation of effective and sustainable coastal management practices. Research results are used in advising public authorities and society at large on environmental issues and in developing efficient and economical methods and technologies for environmental monitoring.
The research program "The Coastal Environment" deals specifically with the topics "Anthropogenic and Natural Regional Changes", "Environmentally Relevant Substances of the Future", "Monitoring Methods for Coastal Management" and "The Prognosis and Control of Coastal Processes". Physical processes such as ocean waves, currents, morphodynamics, the regional transport of substances and their influence on the coastal ecosystem are addressed, as well as the analysis of medium and long-term trends with the help of environmental statistics and simulations and the development of operational monitoring and forecasting methods. The relevance of "new substances is assessed and adequate analytical procedures are developed.
The work done at the Institute for Coastal Research is based on the expertise provided by the "Systems Analysis and Modeling", "Development of Operational Systems" and "Physical and Chemical Analysis" groups.