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Project Structure

How is LOICZ funded?

Sponsors & Supporting Organizations


Project Structure




Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). A study of Global Change of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).


The IGBP Science Committee (IGBP-SC) established the SSC and is also responsible for the subsequent appointment of the Chair, Vice-Chair and members.


The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) provides scientific guidance and oversees the development, planning and implementation of the LOICZ Core Project.


The LOICZ International Project Office (IPO) is responsible for the administration of the project on a day-to-day basis, under the strategic guidance of the SSC. The IPO role includes: co-ordination, planning, communication, advocacy and provision of a technical secretariat. During the whole transition phase (2003-2005) the IPO was located at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Royal NIOZ, Texel, The Netherlands. As of January 2006 the IPO is located at the Institute for Coastal Research at GKSS, Geesthacht, Germany


The aim of the Regional IPO Nodes is to promote and secure the future of LOICZ. The first Thematic Regional Node has been established in Singapore, a second Node has opened at GKSS in Germany and the third Regional IPO Node at the National Science Foundation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The establishment of Regional Nodes in Africa and Australia are currently under development.


Science Plan and Implementation Strategy

The original Foci structure of LOICZ terminated with the end of 2002. A Theme Structure will provide the underlying framework for implementation of LOICZ II; the project will be organized under five themes:

  1. Vulnerability of coastal systems and hazards to human society
  2. Implications of global change for coastal ecosystems and sustainable development
  3. Anthropogenic influences on the river basin and coastal zone interactions
  4. Biogeochemical cycles in coastal and shelf waters
  5. Towards coastal system sustainability by managing land-ocean interactions

Crosscutting activities, such as scaling and modeling, variability, dissemination and acquisition (of data and funds) support these themes.


Most of the research under LOICZ is carried out in core and affiliated projects


How is LOICZ funded?

The LOICZ International Project Office (IPO) is based at the GKSS Research Centre, part of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres. As part of the Institute for Coastal Research the GKSS provides core funding for IPO personnel and operations as well as in-kind support for office and facilities. The IGBP provides annual financial support for LOICZ Scientific Steering Committee meetings as well as IGBP Scientific Committee and IPO Officers meetings. The IHDP supports participation of LOICZ SSC and IPO in their Scientific Committee and Project Leaders meetings. This combined core funding also allows for key scientific synthesis and cross-cutting activities as described in the LOICZ Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (SPIS).


Sponsors & Supporting Organizations

For LOICZ projects, regional workshops as well as (Open) Science Conferences and participation in LOICZ related meetings we have received financial and in-kind support from a variety of organizations, these include:

APN Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

EU European Union

IAI Inter America Institute for Global Change Research

IHP International Hydrology Programme of UNESCO
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

IOI International Ocean Institute

KNAW Netherlands National Academy of Sciences

NSF National Science Foundation

RIKZ Dutch Institute for Coastal Zones

SCOR Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

START Global Change System for Analysis Research and Training

UNEP-GEF United Nations Environmental Programme Global Environmental Facility

UNEP-GPA United Nations Environmental Programme Global Programme for Action

WOTRO Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of
Tropical Research



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