Implementation of a strategic development of coastal zone management.


Project objectives

The GRoW-joint project go-CAM, funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research), deals with the implementation of a strategic development of coastal zone management.

Short description

The main objective of go-CAM is the development, implementation and application of multicriteria optimisation for a sustainable usage of groundwater in coastal regions. By combining modern methods that support decisions and actions with hydrogeological modelling, the project team seeks to generate a general and integrational coastal management system. Once completed, this tool is part of the online platform “Coastal Aquifer Management (CAM)”. Furthermore, by applying the developed software and optimisation procedure on test sites in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa, the coastal management system is internationally established. The basis to appraise the useable groundwater and the corresponding demand in coastal regions are up-to-date hydrologic, hydrogeologic and geologic models. The tool to derive options for different actions in a specific region will be the multicriteria decision analysis implemented in the CAM. Accompanying workshops for potential users will increase the acceptability of the developed procedure. An international PhD program involving the project partners ensures the applicability of the developed system even after the scheduled project runtime.

This joint project is initiated by Prof. Dr. H.M. Schöniger, TU Braunschweig.

The main objective of the subproject at LIAG is to increasing the accuracy and thus the reliability of the obtained input parameters for hydrologic groundwater models and to monitor dynamic processes of the freshwater/saltwater transition zone with geophysical methods.


Project lead

Dr. Helga Wiederhold

Project scientist

Dr. Mathias Ronczka






TU Braunschweig / HYWAG (coordination)
Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit gGmbH (GRS, Braunschweig)
Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV, Brake)
Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz (NLWKN, Aurich)
INSIGHT Geologische Softwaresysteme GmbH (Köln)
GISCON Geoinformatik GmbH (Dortmund)