Welcome to LOICZ

LOICZ is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

LOICZ aims to provide science that contributes towards understanding the Earth system in order to inform, educate and contribute to the sustainability of the world’s coastal zone. Therefore LOICZ seeks to inform the scientific community, policymakers, managers and stakeholders on the relevance of global environmental change in the coastal zone.


International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)



International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)


LOICZ International Project Office (IPO) is hosted at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht at the Centre for Coastal Research

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is one of the seventeen national research facilities that belong to the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft. Around 800 people are employed at the Research Centre in Geesthacht and its external site at the Institute of Chemistry in Teltow, near Berlin.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

LOICZ Signpost document is online

Vacancy: iLEAPS Executive Officer Open Position

Call to host Global Land Project International Office

Megacities and the Coast (Read and download the Executive Summary and Chapter One for free)

New Springer publication: Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta

New ELSEVIER publication: Different contributions of riverine and oceanic nutrient fluxes supporting primary production in Ishikari Bay (Volume 88, 1 October 2014, Pages 140–150)

Future Earth Blog

Future Earth

Future Earth Website

Future Earth

LOICZ Imagefilm online!