Coastal Research Center

Coastal Research Center

CRC - Coastal Research Center

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The Coastal Research Center (CRC) in Hanover Marienwerder harbors one of the largest wave flumes worldwide. The CRC is a major research institution funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and is operated and cofounded as a joint institute between the Leibniz University Hannover and the Technical University of Braunschweig. It constitutes a major knowledge hub for coastal engineering, well known and recognized around the world through collaboration and transnational projects. The CRC is a member of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) since July 2018 and joined the Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung (DAM) in February 2020.

With the help of the Large Wave Flume (LWF), large scale experiments are carried out investigating phenomena in the fields of coastal protection, sediment transport, maritime energy and eco-hydraulics. This large scale facilitates reliable investigations into hydrodynamic, morphodynamic and ecological processes such as wave breaking, sediment transport, soil dynamics and wave transformation omitting scaling law related problems and limitations. Given the unique research conditions, the CRC enjoys an international reputation among marine, geologic and engineering scientists alike. Results improve coastal protection levels against impeding storm surges and climate related sea level rise alike.


Start of construction as part of the major research project 'marTech' - LWF becomes LWFplus!

Waves plus currents: What has already been tested on a smaller scale is now being applied to the Large Wave Flume.

How does the European Union promote research and education in Hanover? - a video of the Initiative Wissenschaft Hannover on the occasion of the current EU Council presidency

The important role of the CRC and especially the LWF as a major research infrastructure in large EU joint projects is presented.

In-demand expertise from coastal engineering

The CRC becomes a member of the Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung (DAM)!

Admission to the renowned group of German research institutions

The CRC becomes a member of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)!