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February 2012, Third issue


Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate



THESEUS is the largest Integrated Project within coastal risk assessment and mitigation funded by the European Commission and consists of 31 partner institutes. The project is developing a systematic approach to deliver both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy coastal habitats for evolving coastal zones subjected to multiple factors.

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» Coastal flooding: are we at risk?
» Early warning and emergency management for the Gironde estuary
» Do damaged marine ecosystems recover?
» The 11th INTERCOH Conference
» Protecting sea dikes from overtopping waves
» Exchange of young researchers within THESEUS project
» THESEUS joins the FACECOAST CLUSTER
» Storm chasers: Hunting for the prefect wave
» Heavy Storm hits the Bulgarian coast!

 
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Coastal flooding: are we at risk?

Are the coasts of Europe in danger of being flooded? What are the risks, and how are they assessed? How does coastal flooding relate to global warming and Sea level rise and what are the impacts at local scale, for example at the South Devon Coastline in the Southwestern UK or in Cesenatico at the Adriatic coast of Italy? Find out in the first edition of the THESEUS coastal booklet!

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Early warning and emergency management for the Gironde estuary

In the framework of the THESEUS project a new early warning system was developed for a part of the Gironde estuary. The emergency management component can help establish an emergency management plan to deal with a flood and help implement this plan in real time when the disaster is striking.

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Do damaged marine ecosystems recover?

A recent work involving researchers of the University of Bologna and partially funded by THESEUS made the cover of the November 2011 edition of Trends in Ecology and Evolution. This work discussed theoretical and practical definitions of “recovery”, and summarized the patterns and drivers of well-documented recoveries in marine populations and ecosystems.

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The 11th INTERCOH Conference (Shanghai, China)

The 11th International Conference on Cohesive Sediment Transport Processes (INTERCOH 2011) meeting was held in Shanghai. About 100 participants from 18 countries attended this year's conference to exchange experiences in order to develop a better understanding of the transport of fine-grained sediments.

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Protecting sea dikes from overtopping waves

As sea water levels continue to rise, dike resilience against wave overtopping is gaining attention. The team of Aalborg University (Denmark) performed model experiments to evaluate the influence of oblique and short-crested waves on the stability of sea dikes.

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Exchange of Young Researchers within THESEUS project

Through the funding of Marco Polo grants, the THESEUS project gave Zhenchang Zhu, a young Chinese scientist from East China Normal University, the opportunity to spend 48 months at NIOZ-Yerseke, doing his PhD study. Join him as he shares his experiences.

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THESEUS joins the FACECOAST CLUSTER

After the projects MAREMED, COASTANCE and RESMAR, THESEUS joined the cluster FACECOAST. The aim of FACECOAST is to combine the contributions of the European projects dealing with coastal defense against natural and anthropogenic risks.

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Storm chasers: Hunting for the prefect wave to assess defence values of coastal ecosystems

For most ecologists this time of the year (autumn and winter) is for reflection. While other scientists are analysing data of the previous growing season, writing papers, planning new experiments a small group of ecologists from the UK and the Netherlands have made different plans. This year they are very busy chasing storms!

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Heavy Storm hits the Bulgarian coast!

Two weeks ago, between 6th and 8th February 2012, a short, but very intensive storm hit the Western Black Sea, resulting in considerable erosion and damage to coastal infrastructure. One of the sites affected was the THESEUS study site at Varna. Researchers of the Institute of Oceanology in Varna (IO-BAS) went out to survey the beaches.

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With contributions from Laura Airoldi, Jim van Belzen, Zhongyuan Chen, Daphnis De Pooter, François Hissel, Jørgen Harck Nørgaard, Ekaterina Trifonova, Barbara Zanuttigh and Zhenchang Zhu | Edited by Daphnis De Pooter & Simon Claus