Seas and coastal zones are already being used for transport, fishery, sand reclamation and recreation. In addition, they offer opportunities for the production of sustainable food, wind energy and bio-active substances from organisms such as seaweed and algae.
To make the most of these opportunities, knowledge in this field will need to be further developed. It also requires insight into the resistance and adaptability of the ecosystems in coastal areas to achieve an optimal and sustainable use of space in densely populated deltas. Within this scope we will also study whether and, if so, how Wageningen University & Research should strengthen its image regarding the theme Coast and Sea (and subjects closely related) with the designation ‘Ocean Sciences’.