Duration: 2011-2014

The decision support system is under construction and integrates process-based models for flow, waves, sediment transport and bed evolution. Methods will be developed and refined to use the spatial data of the coastal high frequency radar WERA for the calibration and verification of models. The radar data shall be verified with ship-borne and stationary ADCP measurements supplemented with CTD profiles along ADCP transects and samplings of suspended matter and bed sediment.

At the same time the models for flow, waves, sediment transport and bed evolution will be developed, calibrated and validated. Finally the models shall be coupled to a decision support system to investigate various scenarios of coastal development and vulnerability.

The model results will be applied to evaluate the suitability of specific coastal stretches for human activities on the base of international standards and thresholds. In addition to the simulation of the natural processes and the consequences of human interference the impact of severe storms and the accelerated sea level rise on the coast shall be evaluated. On the base of the results a map of the severest hydrodynamic impact will be developed to identify „hot spots“ of coastal vulnerability.

WERA radar ranges for currents and waves Finally predictions and recommendation will be given to implement sustainable coastal planning.  The capacity building in China and Germany will cover a PhD programme in Coastal Information Systems for students, continuous education courses for scientists and technicians as well as joint workshops.






WERA radar ranges for currents and waves © Helzel Messtechnik

Research division:


  • Prof. Dr. R. Mayerle
  • Prof. Dr. Shi Ping


  • Prof. Dr. R. Mayerle
  • Dr. K.H. Runte
  • MSc. N. Fery
  • MSc. G. Dalledonne
  • MSc. ChengZang


  • Prof. Dr. F. Liu, YIC
  • Dr. Tang Chen, YIC
  • T. Helzel
  • M. Kniephoff