Typology Tools

Goric 5

Typology, the study or systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common, has become a commonly used term and technique in coastal zone and related studies. Typology techniques have been developed and applied by LOICZ because of their particular relevance to the challenges of understanding coastal processes. As can be seen from the Scientific Themes and Priority Topics, LOICZ efforts cut across not only academic disciplines, but also the larger domains of knowledge.

In situations where there is no clear understanding of interactions and no underlying integrative theory to rely on, classifications provide a crucial first step in formulating the questions to be answered, and in hinting at possible relationships. Quantitative classifications with an objective basis then provide means for developing and testing hypothesis, leading to interpretive and predictive models that in turn illuminate the underlying interactive relationships.

LOICZ has focused on developing methods and tools for the quantitative objective classifications, and on ways to put these tools in the hands of the scientists dealing with broad-ranging. Many approaches have been used, but the primary thrust has been the development and application of geospatial clustering tools, developed by Prof. Bruce Maxwell and his students. These tools – Web-LOICZView (WLV) and DISCO – are described in individual sections.

Bibliography Of Coastal Typology

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: