Work Program

During its 1st phase (2016-2019), the SPP SeaLevel was organized along 3 Work Packages, which differed in their spatial scale, geographic foci but also with respect to the required participation of natural or social sciences. In the 2nd phase of the program, the new Research Foci Areas are equally a continuation and progression of the 3 work packages, which as shown in the schematic below, are concerned with providing sea level information at coastal locations, and studying the interactions between sea level changes and coastal societies. Although a great effort was and is invested on researching future decadal sea level changes, some aspects associated with identifying relevant processes from past observations and documentations in geological records, truly require looking backward in time to understand the future and potential future processes.

 > You can access and download the full initial proposal of the entire SPP-1889 SeaLevel program here.

> A list of all Research Projects of the 1st SPP SeaLevel Phase can be found here.


WP A analyzes the mechanisms of sea level variability, focusing primarily on processes leading to spatially highly inhomogeneous patterns of regional seal level change on time scales of up to 50 years.

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WP B is concerned with the establishment of a scientific basis for obtaining reliable local projections of sea level trends. It contributes towards improved quantitative and detailed (high-resolution and high-end) estimates of future coastal sea level changes in the two study regions.

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WP C performs an integrated analysis of sea level change and human-environment interactions in the selected study regions, aiming to identify sea level stressors, coastal impacts, adaption pathways and policies for the studied regions.

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