3. Environmental impacts of human activities

The research centre has been actively involved in the assessment of the impacts of human activities on coastal environments. Predictions of the impacts of coastal structures and dredging and dumping operations on morphodynamics have been carried out for several estuaries in Germany. High resolution process based models have been developed for this purpose. Predictions of their effects on the short, medium and long term morphodynamics have been carried out for several harbours and structures on the German North Sea. Particular attention is given to the colaboration and validation of morphodynamic models using high resolution bathymetric measurements..