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Project details: RA:dOst

Acronym: RADOST
Title: Regional adaptation strategies for the German Baltic coast
Duration: 01.07.2009 - 31.12.2014
Project manager: Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski
Funding: BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Focus: Focus 4: Coastal seas and society
Cooperation: Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Ecologic Institute
Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)
University of Rostock


Dr. Ulf Gräwe, Tel.: +49 (381) 5197-358


The RA:dOst project’s aim is to develop adaptation strategies for the Baltic coastline of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein through a dialogue between research institutions, businesses, public administration and civil society. In addition to research institutions and engineering companies, the core team of 17 partners includes several Federal State authorities and one non-governmental organisation. Furthermore, the project involves a multitude of network partners. At the time of proposal submission, the RA:dOst network included around 60 partners; it will expand continuously throughout the course of the project. The regional dialogue is complemented by an exchange of information on the national and international level involving partner regions in Europe, North America and North Africa.

Research in the natural and engineering sciences in RA:dOst combines previously unconnected physical and ecological models, which allows new possibilities for forecasting climate change impacts. The modelling scales range from individual coastal sections to the entire western part of the Baltic Sea. The subjects of analysis include:

  • water levels, sea state, currents and sediment transport,
  • water quality and
  • ecosystems.