LOICZFuture Earth - Coasts
|Type of Structure:||program|
|Parent Organisations:||FutureEarth, IGBP, IHDP|
|Duration :||1992 to present|
|Contact Address:||Dr. Martin Le Tissier
MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy
University College Cork
Haulbowline Rd, Ringaskiddy
Co. Cork, P43-C573
Phone: +353 21 4864308 ; +353 21 486 4308
General information and objectivesLOICZ is an international research project involving scientists from across the globe who have been investigating changes in the biology, chemistry and physics of the coastal zone since 1993. Since 2003, LOICZ has expanded its areas of research to include social, political and economic sciences in order to address the human dimensions of the coastal zone. The research results are used to explore the role humans play in the coastal zone, their vulnerability to changing environments, and the options to protect coasts for future generations. The main goal of LOICZ is “to provide the knowledge, understanding and prediction needed to allow coastal communities to assess, anticipate and respond to the interaction of global change and local pressures which determine coastal change.”
Main Research Foci:
- Vulnerability of coastal systems and hazards to human societies sets the stage for the subsequent themes that address special parts of the wider coastal domain.
- Implications of global change and land- and sea-use on coastal development focuses on spatial, temporal and organizational issues of how change in land- and sea-use influence natural resources availability and natural systems sustainability.
- Anthropogenic influences on the river catchment and coastal zone interaction address river catchment-based drivers/pressures that influence and change the coastal domain.
- Fate and transformation of materials in coastal and shelf waters focus on the cycling of carbon, nutrients and sediments in the coastal and shelf waters and their exchange with the ocean.
- Towards coastal system sustainability by managing land-ocean interactions provides an overarching integration cutting across the four other themes.
Last update: 4/18/16
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)