The Coastal Research Center (FZK) was founded in 1996 as a joint central facility of the Leibniz University of Hanover and the Technical University of Braunschweig to intensify the coordination of university coastal research and to promote interdisciplinary, national and international cooperation. With the Great Wave Channel (GWK), which went into operation in 1983, the FZK operates one of the largest research institutions of its kind in the world.
The Coastal Research Center Association (FZK) has the following four partner institutes:
The overarching goal of the Coastal Research Center is the scientific research of hydrodynamic, morphodynamic and ecological processes on the coast and in the coastal area. It must be possible to describe and predict these processes, their interaction and their temporal and spatial changes. Trends regarding possible changes and developments in natural processes must be recognized and interpreted in good time. Interventions in natural events must be able to be predicted with regard to their effects in the immediate and further surroundings. In addition, recommendations for action are to be drawn up to ensure that the necessary interventions in natural events are carried out while largely preserving the natural coastal area. It is also intended to work out the scientific principles of the coastal area.
The FZK was accepted into the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The aim of the DAM is to strengthen the sustainable use of coasts, seas and oceans - through research, data management and digitization, infrastructures and knowledge transfer. “For Lower Saxony as a coastal state, a deeper scientific understanding of the role of the seas and oceans for climate change and biodiversity is more important than ever. Because from this, concrete action knowledge for politics, economy and society can be derived. With the addition of the Coastal Research Center, the German Marine Research Alliance, which bundles the expertise of universities and research institutions under one roof, will be expanded by an important component. This makes the strength of marine research in Lower Saxony even more visible nationally and internationally, ” says Björn Thümler, Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Goseberg
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Leichtweiß Institut für Wasserbau
Fachgebiet Hydromechanik, Küsteningenieurwesen und Seebau
Beethovenstraße 51 A
Tel.: 0531 391-3930