Welcome to the
Coastal Risks &
Sea-level Rise Research Group | Kiel University
Climate-induced pressure on coastal areas is resulting in a range of impacts, which include submergence and flooding of coastal lowlands, erosion, saltwater intrusion and the loss of wetlands. Meanwhile, human pressure is increasing as population along the world's coasts is rising up to three times faster than the global mean. The extent of potential impacts is significant but uncertain. Our research focuses on assessing the magnitude of climate-change induced impacts on coastal regions and on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic drivers.
Welcome to the
Coastal Risks & Sea-level Rise Research Group | Kiel University
Climate-induced pressure on coastal areas is resulting in a range of impacts, which include submergence and flooding of coastal lowlands, erosion, saltwater intrusion and the loss of wetlands. Meanwhile, human pressure is increasing as population along the world's coasts is rising up to three times faster than the global mean. The extent of potential impacts is significant but uncertain. Our research focuses on assessing the magnitude of climate-change induced impacts on coastal regions and on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic drivers.
Welcome to the
Coastal Risks & Sea-level Rise Research Group | Kiel University
Climate-induced pressure on coastal areas is resulting in a range of impacts, which include submergence and flooding of coastal lowlands, erosion, saltwater intrusion and the loss of wetlands. Meanwhile, human pressure is increasing as population along the world's coasts is rising up to three times faster than the global mean. The extent of potential impacts is significant but uncertain. Our research focuses on assessing the magnitude of climate-change induced impacts on coastal regions and on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic drivers.
Welcome to the
Coastal Risks & Sea-level Rise Research Group | Kiel University
Climate-induced pressure on coastal areas is resulting in a range of impacts, which include submergence and flooding of coastal lowlands, erosion, saltwater intrusion and the loss of wetlands. Meanwhile, human pressure is increasing as population along the world's coasts is rising up to three times faster than the global mean. The extent of potential impacts is significant but uncertain. Our research focuses on assessing the magnitude of climate-change induced impacts on coastal regions and on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic drivers.

Latest

New Publications

Latest

New Publications
August 11, 2021
Can managed realignment buffer extreme surges? The relationship between marsh width, vegetation cover and surge attenuation
KIESEL, J., MACPHERSON, L.R., SCHUERCH, M., VAFEIDIS, A.T.
in:
Estuaries and Coasts
July 12, 2021
The blue carbon wealth of nations
Bertram, C.; Quaas, M.; Reusch, T.; Vafeidis, A.; Wolff, C. and Rickels, W.
in:
Nature Climate Change
June 16, 2021
Uncertainty and bias in global to regional scale assessments of current and future coastal flood risk
Hinkel, J.; Feyen, L.; Hemer, M.; Le Cozannet, G.; Lincke, D.; Marcos, M.; Mentaschi, L.; Merkens, J.; de Moel, H.; Muis, S.; Nicholls, R.; Vafeidis, A.; van de Wal, R.; Vousdoukas, M.; Wahl, T.; Ward, P.; and Wolff, C.
in:
Earth’s Future
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Research Areas

Coastal Population Development

We explore how we can account for the rapid population growth in coastal regions when developing spatially explicit estimates of the distribution of future population, under a range of socio-economic scenarios (e.g. SSP).

Coastal Adaptation

We analyse the factors that drive the responses of coastal residents to changing sea-levels and assess the effectiveness of strategies in reducing impacts.

Coastal Wetlands and ASLR

Our research focuses on the collection of field data and on the development and use of process-based models for understanding the response of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise and for assessing the benefits that they provide in coastal protection.

Coastal Impact and Vulnerability Analysis

We assess the magnitude of SLR impacts at different scales, from global to local, under various climatic, socio-economic, and adaptation scenarios.

Ongoing projects

We are currently participating in several externally funded national and internationalresearch projects, on topics related to our research foci. Please click on one of the following projects for more information.
SEASCAPE
Seascape aims at assessing potential compound flood probabilities and risk for the Baltic Sea region under present and future scenarios. Based on this newly gained knowledge, the project additionally aims at developing adaptive decision support methods for two case cities of the German Baltic coast.
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ECAS - BALTIC
ECAS-Baltic, explores strategies for ecosystem supporting coastal adaptation measures for the German Baltic Sea coast. Such measures are often referred to as nature-based solutions and involve the (re-)creation of coastal wetlands such as saltmarshes, seagrass beds, brackish water reed belts but als
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CoCliCo
The overarching goal of the Coastal Climate Core Service (CoCliCo) project, which is funded by the EU Horizon 2020, is to improve decision-making on coastal risk management and adaptation, by establishing an integrated core service dedicated to coastal adaptation to sea-level rise.
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CASISAC
Within the CASISAC project, we provide a comprehensive overview of the potential impacts of sea-level rise as well as possible adaptation options, for the South African coast, under a range different climate change scenarios.
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Team

The CoastalRisks and Sea-Level Rise (CRSLR) research group was established in February 2008, as part of the Future Ocean Excellence Cluster. CRSLR is based at theInstitute of Geography of Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, which has a longtradition in coastal research.
Hedda Bonatz
Scientific Assistant
Anna Enge
Scientific Assistant
Lars Honsel
Scientific Assistant
Joshua Kiesel
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sunna Kupfer
Doctoral Researcher
Jana Koerth
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sara Santamaria
Postdoctoral Researcher
Maureen Tsakiris
Affiliated Researcher
Nassos Vafeidis
Group Leader
Bente Vollstedt
Doctoral Researcher
Claudia Wolff
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Areas

Projects

SEASCAPE
Seascape aims at assessing potential compound flood probabilities and risk for the Baltic Sea region under present and future scenarios. Based on this newly gained knowledge, the project additionally aims at developing adaptive decision support methods for two case cities of the German Baltic coast.
read more
ECAS - BALTIC
ECAS-Baltic, explores strategies for ecosystem supporting coastal adaptation measures for the German Baltic Sea coast. Such measures are often referred to as nature-based solutions and involve the (re-)creation of coastal wetlands such as saltmarshes, seagrass beds, brackish water reed belts but als
read more
CoCliCo
The overarching goal of the Coastal Climate Core Service (CoCliCo) project, which is funded by the EU Horizon 2020, is to improve decision-making on coastal risk management and adaptation, by establishing an integrated core service dedicated to coastal adaptation to sea-level rise.
read more
CASISAC
Within the CASISAC project, we provide a comprehensive overview of the potential impacts of sea-level rise as well as possible adaptation options, for the South African coast, under a range different climate change scenarios.
read more
Evoked
EVOKED enhances the value of climate data and translates risk and uncertainty utilizing a Living Lab approach. It aims to sharei knowledge about the impacts of climate change, in order to provide concrete policy actions to counteract the consequences of climate change.
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Coastwards
Participation is simple and registration is not required. Whether Mallorca or Ecuador, whether steep coast or port facility, whether it is from ten years ago or from yesterday - every photo is added to the database and in this way, improves an important scientific basis for the development of long-t
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Team

The CoastalRisks and Sea-Level Rise (CRSLR) research group was established in February2008, as part of the Future Ocean Excellence Cluster. CRSLR is based at theInstitute of Geography of Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, which has a longtradition in coastal research.