Kiel University (CAU), Coastal Geography Branch


Geography is highly interdisciplinaryand mostly oriented towards application. It thus bridges the gap not only between natural and social sciences but also between scientists and practitioners. The discipline looks at the dynamic relations between humans and the environment on different spatial and historical scales.

The coastal geography group of Kiel University adresses major issues of coastal changes and coast-related risks both in Germany and world-wide:

  • reconciling conflicting uses and developments via Integrated Coastal Zone Management / ICZM
  • detecting impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal morphodynamics and stability
  • Assessment of socio-economic as well as ecologic vulnerability of coastal zones to risks from climate change
  • long-term coastal protection (defence) strategies (in Germany) in the light of such risks
  • outlining an national ICZM strategy for Germany and a regional ICZM concept for the K.E.R.N. region in Schleswig-Holstein
  • landscape and heritage interpretation in coastal regions and its value for tourism

With regard to these issues, the group has carried out a number of research projects financed by the German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF), the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the K.E.R.N. Region, the European Union (FP6, Interreg), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and others sources.

As an experienced project participant and manager, the group took the lead partnership for Baltic Green Belt. Furthermore, the group will provide scientific expertise to the project participants concerning the following topics: