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Institute of Hydraulic Engineering
and Water Resources Management
Coasts and Estuaries

Head of the research group: Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Schüttrumpf

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in coastal engineering from coastal protection to integrated coastal zone management. Given the dwindling natural resources, the dramatically increasing economic pressure on the coastal zones and the rising population density in coastal areas in altered natural conditions (climate change) and with reduced financial resources, sustainable concepts for the long term use, protection and management of the coastal areas are required.


This calls for a greater understanding of the physical processes, such as the initiation of the failure of a coastal protection structure. Only by connecting the classical methods, such as model experiments, numerical model systems and field measurements with the methods for uncertainty analysis, probabilistic theory and risk analysis can models be created that will provide a sound basis for a scale-independent and interdisciplinary description of the processes in coastal and estuary areas.

Current research topics

  • Freeboard design of sea and estuary dikes
  • Riprap design
  • Coastal protection strategies
  • Flood risk management for the coastal zone