COADAPT – University of Copenhagen

Danish Coast and Climate Adaptation (COADAPT)

The sea level rise and changing storm conditions, as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007), will have a significant impact on the risk for flooding and erosion in coastal areas. Recent predictions after the IPCC 2007 report indicate even higher rates of sea level rise and intensify these threats even further.

The COADAPT (Danish Coast and Climate Adaptation) project is a cooperation between Department of Geography & Geology (University of Copenhagen), DHI and the Danish Coastal Authorities. The project is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research for the period September 2009 through August 2013. The main objective of the project is to develop technical and shoreline management tools to meet the additional threats that an increased sea level rise and changes in storm conditions impose on coastal areas. These threats are mainly increased risk of flooding of low lying coastal areas and increased risk of coastline retreat (coastal erosion).

The main objective can be divided into immediate objectives as follows:

  • To develop new understanding of the impact of climate changes on the different coastal environments in terms of coastal processes and the response through coastal erosion, coastal flooding and degradation of the coastal environment.
  • To develop coastal protection techniques and new sea defences, which in a sustainable way can ensure that existing and planned infrastructure and socio-economic activities can be maintained or even further developed under the new climatic conditions.
  • To develop new shoreline management practices, including aspects of legislation, administration and planning, which make it possible to develop vivid and sustainable coastal societies under the new climatic conditions. This can include rehabilitation of deteriorated coastal environments.