Today, the international Summer School “Coastal Hazards” conducted by the Cluster of Excellence “Future Ocean” started at Kiel University. 23 young scientists from around the world first came together at the Institute of Geosciences, receiving an introduction from Dr. Andreas Kortenhaus of TU Braunschweig’s Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources on coastal flood risk assessment, illustrated with numerous examples from German and international coasts. The participants from many different countries like China, India or Chile then moved on to practical work, getting a chance to apply methods of calculating sea dike failure probability themselves. After the scientific program ended, the PhD-candidates and postdocs met again in the evening for an icebreaker-event at Kiel’s renowned restaurant Forstbaumschule. The Summer School will continue with a comprehensive scientific program over the next four days, including different field trips and guest lectures of international coastal hazards experts.
Andreas Kortenhaus during his lecture (Photo: Christian Urban)