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Research in coastal engineering is based on three main pillars:

  • Field measurements
  • Laboratory measurements
  • Analytical / numerical models

Each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages, only the combination of all three methods will lead to the desired results. Currently, the research at the FZK is focussed on large scale laboratory experiments in the large wave channel, which are also conducted by foreign research groups within the framework of the EU-funded “Access Programme”.

In future the development of numerical models and tools will additionally be driven forward. An important aspect in this development is that the programmes will not only be used for research at the FZK, but rather be accessible to interested parties from science and economy.

Together with field measurements, the research methods are closely interconnected, complement each other and can be merged as an effective research tool. The thereby gained scientific knowledge is the basis for practical engineering methods.

In order to systematically and comprehensively develop long-term solutions for the demands of coastal protection and coastal ecology, interdisciplinary research methods are used. Engineers and scientists have to work closely together, therefore further education seminars, lectures for graduates and scholarship holders shall be held at the FZK in future.