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Updated : June 2011

European Centre for Costal Risks - CerCo

Address: Plateau de l'Atalaye, 64600 Biarritz

Tél.: +33 5 59 22 75 45 / GSM : +33 6 10 07 15 26

Fax: +33 5 59 22 75 30

E-mail: cerco@museedelamer.com

Web:  http://www.centredelamer.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=84&Itemid=114

CrEation

2008

STRUCTURE

Chair of the scientific committee: Prof Michel Vigneaux
Director of the centre:  Dr Françoise Pautrizel

Permanent staff of the centre: Dr Gael Arnaud, Dr Iker Castège


CerCo is a specialised centre of the Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Open Partial Agreement.
 

Objectifs 

The European Centre on Coastal Risks is a non-profit-making organisation.  Its objectives are to provide education and training and to carry out research into coastal hazards and the ensuing risks to the coastline.
 
MAIN ACTIVITIES

a.  Training

Specialised training courses: "Knowledge and management of coastal risks"

Previous courses: 12-15 October 2009, 22-26 November 2010

Courses designed for local and regional authority staff and postgraduate students
·        Physical risks: erosion, storm surges, flooding, cliff collapse
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        Chemical and biological risks: pollution of marine and terrestrial origin (drainage basins)
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        Information about management and decision-making tools

This training is attended by coastline stakeholders and researchers and is intended to promote exchanges between users and producers of decision-making methods and tools.
Participation in the "Coastal hazard assessment and risk management" course run by the CERG European Centre (19-25 June 2011)

b. Research

The "Vulner'hab" project

Research programme, run in co-operation with the AZTI-Tecnalia foundation (Spanish Basque country), assessing loss of habitats when sea levels rise at a "pilot" site, Txingudi Bay.

c.  Other activities

Organisation of an international symposium on coastal risks:

"Vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to global change and extreme events"


The research described at this symposium will be considered from three angles, giving an interdisciplinary approach:

·        Physical
·
        Biological
·
        Chemical


The symposium will be accompanied by a professional exhibition of innovative coastal risk assessment and prevention techniques.

 

Information about the symposium : http://wwz.ifremer.fr/biarritz_2011.

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