The primary tasks in both, basic and applied research are directly derived from the highly non linear, dynamic, stochastic and complex nature of the processes and interactions in coastal zones as well as from the new challenges in a changing climate associated with the development of new concepts and solutions to sustainably cope with the still increasing use and protection of coastal zones against floods and erosion.
To meet these new challenges a new dimension of the interdisciplinary collaboration with german and international partners is increasingly required besides the increasing need for diverse more challenging methods, modelling tools and measuring techniques.
The research activities deployed so far may be subdivided in these main reseach areas:
- Sea waves and design of coastal structures
- Maritime energy and offshore structures
- Ecohydraulics and ecosystembased coastal protection
- Sediment transport and coastal morphodynamics
- Non-conventional and innovative coastal structures
- Reliability and risk-based design methods in coastal engineering
Various wave flumes and 3D wave basins in the LWI's laboratory and in the Coastal Research Center are available to students and academic staff for the experimental investigation of these main research areas.