Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
LOICZ is an international research project involving scientists from across the globe who have been investigating changes in the biology, chemistry and physics of the coastal zone since 1993. Since 2003, LOICZ has expanded its areas of research to include social, political and economic sciences in order to address the human dimensions of the coastal zone.
In 2011 LOICZ expanded its core activities from ongoing conceptual work on social-ecological systems, biogeochemical fluxes and modelling as well as methodology and application of governance assessments to special "Scientific Hotspots" of major societal concern. Namely these hotspots are Arctic Coasts, Islands at Risk, River-Mouth Systems, including Deltas and Estuaries, Urbanization in Coastal Zones as well as five Cross-Cutting activities.
The research results are used to explore the role humans play in the coastal zone, their vulnerability to changing environments, and the options to protect coasts for future generations.
The main goal of LOICZ is "to provide the knowledge, understanding and prediction needed to allow coastal communities to assess, anticipate and respond to the interaction of global change and local pressures which determine coastal change."
In 2013 LOICZ was invited to become part of the new 10-year Future Earth research initiative aiming at research for global sustainability.
OSS2015 is now affiliated to LOICZ and our project is now referenced by the LOICZ web portal.