5. Influence of climate change, sea level rise and extreme events on coastal environments

The FTZ is involved in the improvement of the understanding of the effects of climate change, sea level rise and extreme events on coastal environments worldwide. Investigations on the relative importance of the various effects on hydrodynamics and morphodynamics have been carried out using a combination of field measurements and process based models. Bathymetrical surveys using multi-beam echo-sounders in combination with process based models for predicting morphological changes on the short and medium terms have been done. Investigations of the effects of storms and tsunamis on the morphodynamics are underway.