Coastal and estuarine zones are particularly sensitive to pressure from climate drivers, population and increasing exploitation of resources. Our challenge is to understand the interaction between natural and anthropogenic processes and deliver more sustainable coastal and estuarine management.
Climate change adaptation and integrated management
IMDC offers a full range of specialist consultancy services to public and private sector clients for coastal and estuarine management, from reviewing specific aspects of a development strategy to the implementation of a fully integrated management plan. We help you to make the basis for long-term planning and development of activities by taking into account wider land use and adaptation to the effects of climate change, considering impacts on landscape, local communities and cultural acceptance as well as co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation/enhancement, more sustainable local livelihoods, human health and well-being, climate change adaptation, etc.
Economic damage costs from extreme hydro-meteorological events are increasing. Our challenge is to understand the complexity of the processes involved and deliver site specific solutions to prevent and mitigate risks from coastal and estuarine hazards. Specialist consultancy services are offered for risk reduction and social, economic and ecosystem resilience enhancement through a combination of natural, nature-based, non-structural and structural measures as well as Early Warning Systems development and implementation.
IMDC is well-prepared to deliver innovative solutions to protect coasts and estuaries at all levels of design detail. IMDC project designs consider the building with nature principle, by incorporating natural and nature-based measures, such as nourishments, wetland restoration etc., whenever possible, and structural interventions, when absolute needed. Also solutions involving sand-filled geosystems can be fully designed.
Extensive numerical modelling of waves, hydrodynamics and sediment transport, and their interaction is required for the study of different management options and the validation and design of erosion and flood protection measures. IMDC uses state-of-the-art modelling techniques for all these phenomena and has experience in both the validation of existing measures and the design of new ones.