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Welcome to LOICZ


LOICZ is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

LOICZ aims to provide science that contributes towards understanding the Earth system in order to inform, educate and contribute to the sustainability of the world’s coastal zone. Therefore LOICZ seeks to inform the scientific community, policymakers, managers and stakeholders on the relevance of global environmental change in the coastal zone.


International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)



International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)


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LOICZ International Project Office (IPO) is hosted at the GKSS Research Centre at the Institute of Coastal Research

GKSS is one of the fifteen national research facilities that belong to the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft. Around 800 people are employed at the Research Centre in Geesthacht and its external site at the Institute of Chemistry in Teltow, near Berlin.

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IHDP announces new venue and date


7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Open Meeting), "Social Challenges of Global Change", originally scheduled for 15-19 October 2008, will take place from April 26-30 2009 in Bonn, Germany

LOICZ supports Kids University (Kinder Uni) in Backnang, Germany

Science and management of estuaries and coasts. An event note of our corresponding Member Gerardo M. E. Perillo

Ecsa 44

The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and the Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO) announce the ECSA 44 Symposium: Science and management of estuaries and coasts: