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Coastal Zone Management


The Coastal Zone is one of the most productive areas on Earth, attracting and concentrating human population. From the human perspective, they provide land for housing and infrastructure development; goods and services for developing human (economic) activities and ecosystem services providing tangible and intangible benefits for human development. Accordingly, one of the main characteristics of this area is its high susceptibility to change/damage due to the accumulation of human-induced pressures. In addition, natural hazards (including climate change) increase the forcing on the system and, the resulting impacts may become a major driver of changes in coastal land use. Hence, coastal management needs to consider these conditions to properly minimise the associated impacts, and to optimise the use of the coastal zone while protecting natural values.


Within this framework, LIM/UPC develop research on main issues related to the interaction of the dynamics of the coastal system and the use, conservation and management of the coastal zone. Thus, among others we work on:


Beach & Coastal Management.

 Coastal Vulnerability and Risk Assessment to Multiple Hazards.

Impact of Climate Change and Adaptation Measures in the Coastal Zone.

Influence and Impact of Human Pressures on the Coastal Zone.

Coastal Tourism & Beach Recreation.

Environmental Issues in the Coastal Zone



Contact: Prof Jose A Jiménez



Adaptation pathways to climate change in the Mediterranean coast. Beyond adaptation limits. M-CostAdapt. Funded by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad.

RISCKITResilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts - toolKIT. EU FP7 Research project.

PaiRisClima. The Coastal Risk Landscape in the Catalan Littoral Zone. The Climate Change Influence. Funded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

RISES-AM- Responses to climate change: Innovative Strategies for high End Scenarios – Adaptation and Mitigation. EU FP7 Research project..

PERSEUS. Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas. EU FP7 Research project.

Green Book of the State of the Catalan Coastal Zone. Funded by the Government of Catalonia.

VuCoMA. Coastal Vulnerability to multiple agents. Aplication to the Catalan coast. Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. 

Conscience. Concepts and Science for Coastal Erosion Management. EU FP6 Research Project.

MeVaPlaya. Development and validation of a metod to valuate beaches to help the Integrated management of coastal tourist areas. Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología. 


Climate Change

  • Jiménez, J.A., Valdemoro, HI, Bosom, E., Sánchez-Arcilla & Nicholls, R. 2017. Impacts of sea-level rise-induced erosion on the Catalan coast. Regional Environmental Change, 17: 593-603.
  • Brown,S., R.Nicholls, S.Hanson, B.Geoff, J. Dearing, M. Dickson, S.Gallop, S. Gao, I. Haigh, J. Hinkel, J.A. Jiménez, R. Klein, W. Kron, A. Lázár, C. Neves, A. Newton, C. Pattiaratchi, A. Payo, K. Pye, A. Sánchez-Arcilla, M. Siddall, A. Shareef, E. Tompkins, A. Vafeidis, B. van Maanen, P. Ward & C. Woodroffe. 2014. Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 4, 752-755.


 Coastal Vulnerability & Risk Assessment

  • Bosom, E. & Jiménez, J.A. 2011. Probabilistic Coastal vulnerability assessment to storms at regional scale - application to Catalan beaches (NW Mediterranean). Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 11, 475-484.
  • Lozoya, J.P., Sardá, R. & Jiménez, J.A 2011. A methodological framework for multi-hazard risk assessment in beaches. Environmental Science & Policy, 14, 685-696.


Coastal Hazards

  • Jiménez, J.A., Sancho, A., Bosom, E., Valdemoro, H.I. & Guillén, J. 2012. Storm-induced damages along the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean) during the period 1958-2008. Geomorphology, 143-144, 24-33.
  • Jiménez, J.A., Gracia, V., Valdemoro, H.I., Mendoza, E.T. & Sánchez-Arcilla, A. 2011. Managing erosion-induced problems in NW Mediterranean urban beaches. Ocean & Coastal Management, 54, 907-918.


Beach Management

  • Ariza, E., Jiménez, J.A. & Sardá, R. 2008. A critical assessment of beach management on the Catalan coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, 51, 141-160.
  • Valdemoro, H.I. & Jiménez, J.A. 2006. The Influence of Shoreline Dynamics on the Use and Exploitation of Mediterranean Tourist Beaches. Coastal Management, 34, 405-423.

Coastal Management

  • Crise, A., Kaberi, H., Ruiz, J., the PERSEUS Group [...Jiménez, J.A. et al.]. 2015. A MFSD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: the PERSEUS experience. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95, 28-39
  • Sano, M., Jiménez, J.A., Medina, R., Stanica, A., Sánchez-Arcilla, A. & Trumbic,I. 2011. The role of coastal setbacks in the context of coastal erosion and climate change. Ocean & Coastal Management, 54, 943-950.


Environmental issues in Coastal Zones

  • Monteiro, M.C., Jiménez, J.A. & Pereira, L.C.C. 2016. Natural and human controls of water quality of an Amazon estuary (Caeté-PA, Brazil). Ocean & Coastal Management, 124, 42-52.
  • Brenner, J.,Jiménez, J.A., Sardá, R. & Garola, A. 2010. Non market value of the ecosystem services provided by the Catalan coast, Spain. Ocean & Coastal Management, 53, 27-38.


Coastal changes & Ecosystems

  • Manzanera, M., Alcoverro, T., Jiménez, J.A. & Romero, J. 2014. The large penumbra: long-distance effects of artificial beach nourishment on Posidonia oceanica meadows. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86, 129-137.
  • Valdemoro, H.I., Sánchez-Arcilla, A. & Jiménez, J.A. 2007. Coastal dynamics and wetlands stability. The Ebro delta case. Hydrobiologia, 577, 17-29.