Littoral 2016
KeyNOTE Speakers (plenary lectures)
Gerald Schernewski
Topic: "Integrated Coastal Zone Management - State and Perspectives". Gerald

He is head of the group Coastal Research & Management at the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde.

He was Guest-professor at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, the University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal, the International Ocean Institute, Malta, and presently has a professorship at Klaipeda University, Lithuania.

He is author of 100+ publications on coastal and marine issues. He is coordinator of national projects, has and had coordination tasks in international projects like CHARM, OURCOAST, SPICOSA, AMBER, SUSTAIN, GENESIS and is co-ordinator of the BONUS-project BaltCoast.

He serves an international expert on ICZM for many organisations, like, EU, EEA, UNEP, UNESCO and HELCOM and is president of the international NGO EUCC-Coastal and Marine Union, Leiden, The Netherlands.

François Schmitt
Topic: "Multiscale analysis of water level time series (modeled and measured) and the dynamics of return times"

He is research Professor at CNRS (Directeur de recherche). He has co-authored over 150 papers, among which more than 110 in international journals. He got an engineer diploma from ENSTA Paris Tech and has a PhD and habilitation degree from University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris). He has been director of the Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (CNRS, University of Lille and Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale) since 2006.

He is regularly organizing sessions in the European Geoscience Union (EGU) general assemblies, in the nonlinear processes in geophysics (NPG) division and is Science officer at NPG division for scaling and stochastic processes. His general research topics include turbulence, complexity in the ocean, stochastic and scaling processes and methods in geosciences. He is also editor for Earth System Science Data (Copernicus Publications), PLoS ONE, and Springer Plus journals. He recently published with his former student Yongxiang Huang (Xiamen University, China) a book: Schmitt, F.G. and Huang Y. Stochastic analysis of scaling times series: from turbulence theory to applications, Cambridge University Press (2015).

Andrew Cooper
Topic: "Possible consequences of sea-level rise for the shoreline mobility on different time scales"

He is Professor of Coastal Studies at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. He has a BSc Honours degree in geology from Queen’s University, Belfast and MSc and PhD degrees in geology from the University of Natal, Durban. He is a specialist in coastal geomorphology and coastal zone management and in particular, understanding and adapting to coastal change.

He has published more than 200 journal articles, 50 book chapters and ten books. His recent books include Sand and Gravel Spits (Springer (2015), The Last Beach (Duke University Press, 2014), The World’s Beaches (University of California Press, 2011) and Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization (Springer, 2012).

He is Honorary Research Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and CNPq Special Visiting Professor at the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Per Sørensen
Topic: " Challenges in the coastal area in Denmark in today and future climate”

Danish Coastal Authority, Head of Coastal Research.

Per Sørensen holds a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Aalborg University with a specialization in coastal dynamics. He has more than 25 years of experience in research and practical projects in Denmark in practically all coastal research aspects. The focus has been on sediment transport, and sand nourishment. He has been participating in many international project, especially Interreg projects. Per has been author or co-author on more than 20 scientific papers, and co-author of the book Coastal erosion in Europe.

Per act as an advisor for the Ministry for Environment and food in issues relating to the coastal zone. Per is the project leader for the form national coastal assessment in Denmark. Per advices the municipalities and landowners in coastal zone management projects, and is used as expert in several projects addressing coastal protection, climate change adaptation and coastal zone management.

Per is censor at Technical University, Denmark and University of Copenhagen. Per is a member of the North Sea Coastal Managers Group, which discuss strategic approaches to protect the North Sea Coasts against erosion and flooding. He is a member of the board in Danish Society for hydraulic engineering.

Jochen Hinkel
Topic: "Coastal risk management and governance in a changing climate"

Dr. Jochen Hinkel is senior researcher at the Global Climate Forum (GCF) in Berlin, a lecturer at the Division of Resource Economics at Humboldt University in Berlin and a member of the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS). He has also been a Lead Author on the coastal chapter of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He obtained his PhD in environmental system analysis from Wageningen University with a thesis on the integration of knowledge from natural and social sciences for assessing coastal vulnerability. At GCF Hinkel leads the research process on Adaptation and Social Learning.

His current research focuses on the governance of human-environment interactions in the context of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, with a particular focus on coastal systems. Dr. Hinkel leads the development of the DIVA model, an integrated model for assessing coastal impacts and adaptation, which is jointly developed by a number of leading European coastal research institutions. Prior to his academic engagement Dr. Hinkel has worked as a development practitioner, software developer and information technology consultant. For more information see here.

Gregory Beaugrand
Topic: "Marine biodiversity and climate change"

He is a senior scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), currently based in Wimereux, France. He is the leader of the team “Biodiversity and Climate” at the Laboratory of Oceanography and Geosciences (LOG). He works in collaboration with the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS). His research is about the impact of Global Change on the biodiversity, structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. He is the author of "Marine biodiversity, climatic variability and global change" (2015, Routledge, London).

Nicolas Castay
Topic: “Current experimentation of integrated coastal zone management on a regional scale: the case of the Aquitaine coast”

He is director of the "Groupement d’intérêt public (GIP) Aquitaine Littoral" since 2012. He joined the GIP team when it was founded in 2009. He had previously worked in the field of planning and development in several territories in the southwest of France. With the GIP he currently leads several projects in the field of sustainable tourism management, coastal hazard management and coastal environment conservation.