Research and consultancy services for sustainable management of the Danish coastal zone, as well as studies of historic variation in sea currents.
Almost 50% of the world's population lives in the coastal zone. This places many demands on coastal zone management especially when it comes to sea level rises and increasing pressure on coastal zone resources. In the EU, in recent years, work has focussed on the Habitats Directive and, most recently, the Marine Strategy. Furthermore, work is done to introduce a Coastal Zone Directive, as the Marine Strategy does not take sufficient account of the complex structure of coastal zone management.
GEUS’ activities in brief
Marine planning is an area that is expected to gain ever greater focus in coming years as the EU's Marine Strategy is rolled out. GEUS has been tasked with assisting the Danish Nature Agency with maps of raw materials and seabed types. Similarly, the Danish Energy Agency is experiencing an increasing demand for knowledge about the multifarious interests in the marine area, not least in connection with offshore-wind-farm planning.
At the same time, GEUS is working on issues relating to sea currents today and over the past 10,000 years. This work looks into the link between the atmosphere and the oceans, as well as the processes that have controlled the sea ice in the Arctic and the distribution of glaciers. Furthermore, proxies in the form of algae and diatoms are used to describe temperature variations in the Atlantic Ocean over the past 5,000 years.