The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest scientific organization in Germany. HZG is engaged in long-term activities in the fields of materials and coastal research that are making a major contribution to resolving the large and pressing issues facing society and the scientific and business worlds.
The Institute for Coastal Research within HZG was formed in 2001. It is divided into three distinct sections, “System Analysis and Modeling”, “Development of Operational Systems” and “Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas”. Research activities span both the natural and human dimensions of coastal dynamics, analysing the coastal system in global and regional contexts, conducting assessments of the state and sensitivity of the coastal system to natural and human influences, and developing scenarios of future coastal options.