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
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.
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.
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
- Chemical and biological risks: pollution of marine and terrestrial origin (drainage basins)
- 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)
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:
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.