Institute of Coastal Research
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DANUBIUS-RI: International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems

DANUBIUS-RI (Research Infrastructure) is a long-term, European and interdisciplinary infrastructural research initiative for studying river-sea systems. The research infrastructure is to enable scientists to cohesively observe the river catchment areas, the rivers themselves, the transitional waters - such as estuaries and deltas - as well as their adjacent seas. The aim is to develop improved process and system understanding to cope with existing and future challenges in rivers and their adjacent seas, to ensure sustainable management and to maintain valuable ecosystem services.

Partners from Sixteen European Countries Working Together

DANUBIUS-RI is currently organised as a distributed infrastructure with partners from sixteen European countries. The GeoEcoMar research institute in Romania coordinates DANUBIUS-RI. The “hub” and data center is also to be located there.

In addition, a technology transfer office is located in Ireland and four thematic “nodes” are distributed at different locations in Europe. These nodes plan and coordinate the core scientific elements of DANUBIUS-RI: Observation (UK), Analysis (Germany), Modelling (Italy) and Socio-Economics of river-sea systems (Netherlands).

Currently, river-sea systems at 12 locations (“supersites”) are under investigation: upper, middle and lower Danube, middle and lower Rhine, Elbe, Thames, Tay, Guadalquivir, Ebro, Po and Nestos, as well as their adjacent seas. The inclusion of other supersites is possible under certain conditions.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht coordinates the Elbe-North Sea supersite.


DANUBIUS-RI Receives the European Quality Seal

DANUBIUS-RI was included in the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2016. ESFRI projects are selected based on their scientific excellence and readiness. The inclusion in the roadmap is to underline its strategic importance for the European research infrastructure system and to support its timely implementation.

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Four million Euros from the European research and innovation program Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement Nr. 739562) have been made available for the preparatory phase of DANUBIUS-RI. The DANUBIUS-PP (Preparatory Phase) began at the end of 2016 and runs to the end of 2019. It is to create the scientific, organisational and financial basis for establishing and operating DANUBIUS-RI. The preparatory and implementation phase is expected to be completed in 2022. Operation of DANUBIUS-RI is planned for a period of more than thirty years.

Further Information and Contacts at the Institute of Coastal Research


DANUBIUS-RI Website DANUBIUS-RI Science & Innovation Agenda (12,8 MB)

Dr. Jana Friedrich
Dr. Jana Friedrich

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