About IECS

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The Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS) was founded in 1982 to bring together staff of the University concerned with estuarine and coastal issues across a wide range of disciplines. Headed by Professor Mike Elliott, the Institute has its own well equipped research laboratory and comprehensive suite of survey equipment, as well as access to facilities elsewhere in the University. Our expansion in recent years means we have moved to newly refurbished premises in the Rother Building on campus. The main component of our activities is in applied marine science and management, particularly looking at actual and potential anthropogenic changes in estuarine and coastal areas. We also undertake pure and applied research with a number of research council funded projects, together with the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

We work locally on the Humber Estuary and along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coasts, as well as at a national level undertaking applied research and consultancy for industry and government agencies. We also work overseas, for example in Europe coordinating EU projects, and have good collaborative links with other laboratories such as RIKZ and KEMA in the Netherlands. In addition, we have links with the Universities of Aveiro, Lisbon and Porto (Portugal), the University of Zululand (South Africa), Murdoch University (Western Australia), the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and the University of Palermo (Italy).

The Institute is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, which is of particular importance as many of the problems faced by the users of the coastal zone require such an integrated approach. By having a staff who are experts in some fields but possess a sufficiently wide background to enable them to tackle other aspects, the Institute can take an overall view of coastal issues. 


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