Coastal Erosion and Management for Safer Coasts in a Changing Climate (CEMSAC), Recife, Brazil, September 9-22, 2013


Currently, most sandy beaches worldwide, particularly those in Brazil and Central/Latin-America, are eroding despite a wide range of coastal defence measures. The prospective impact of climate change and the mismanagement of erosion prone areas in the past imply that coastal erosion will be a growing concern in the future as it causes significant economic loss, ecological damage and problems/conflicts for communities.

Managing coastal erosion therefore represents an increasingly great challenge for practitioners as well as for policy makers at regional, national and local levels. This demands a more thorough understanding of the coastal processes driving coastal erosion, better related prediction models and monitoring technology as well as a more efficient collaboration between experts and managers in order to close the gap in the interface between science and policy. Great advances have been made within recent years towards understanding, predicting and managing coastal erosion. Despite the development of advanced scientific knowledge, high performance models and monitoring technologies as well as more efficient structural and non-structural measures against coastal erosion, many of these new advances remain under used in day-to-day coastal erosion management.

The Summer School

The CEMSAC Summer School intends primarily to provide an overview of the most important of these advances and to illustrate how and to which extent these advances can be used in practice to meet sustainability requirements in coastal erosion management.

The language of the Summer School will be English. The lectures, exercises and computer work will take place in the city of Tamandaré and the field work will be done in the erosion prone city of Olinda. It is recommended that the participants bring their own computer. If it is not possible the organization will provide the computers. The Summer School will be organized by the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife/Brazil) in collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) and the Technical University of Braunschweig (Braunschweig, Germany).

For each of the main related topics, leading scientists/practitioners from all over the world, including selected lecturers from DAAD – EXCEED partner universities, will be invited to provide lectures and exercises. A brief summary of each lecture/exercise and of the expected learning outcomes, including a list of the supporting course material (lecture notes, related publications) will be sent to all participants before the seminar. At the end of the seminar a copy of the lectures/exercises, the supporting course material, the photographs taken during the visits of the coastal sites along with other materials of interest will be distributed to each participant.

The number of participants is limited to 30 candidates from the DAAD-EXCEED partner universities. Latin-America partners are to be given first priority. Expected participants are preferably advanced master students, PhD-students, post-doctoral researchers, practitioners, decision-makers and trainers intending to transfer the acquired knowledge and skills directly into engineering/coastal management practice will be also given priority.

The participants will also get the opportunity to discuss/present their local coastal erosion problems (case studies) with the aim of identifying, together with the group, the most appropriate solutions for these specific cases. Applicants will be selected based on their CV as well as the case study proposed for presentation. For the selected candidates DAAD-EXCEED will cover the following costs: flight, accommodation.

On successful completion of the seminar each participant will be equipped with the essential state-of-the art knowledge on:

  • the physical processes which cause coastal erosion, including  their modelling,
  • the most promising soft and hard measures to control coastal erosion
  • selected monitoring strategies and techniques, possibly including evaluation methodologies.

For more information please download the flyer (PDF)

For further information please see the report (PDF)

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