Coastal erosion & storm surge protection

The coast is a naturally dynamic environment due to its constant exposure to the forces of nature. However, we cannot always afford to let nature have its way. Combined with climate change, the excessive utilization of the coastal zone puts our coasts under enormous pressure. Therefore, the challenge lies in gaining a deep understanding of both the detailed processes as well as the larger context.

With climate change, coastal protection becomes increasingly important. One solution is to establish breakwaters along the coastline.


Nick Clarke. Ramboll

Nick Clarke

Division Director - Marine
T: +44 23 8081 7500

Christian Nyerup Nielsen

Director, Climate Adaptation & Landscape
T: +45 5161 6277
Damian Westlake. Ramboll

Damian Westlake

M: +44 7870 808 176

Cross-disciplinary coastal and marine solutions

With our extensive knowledge of coastal dynamics, climate change and marine structures, Ramboll's coastal experts strive to deliver solutions that not only satisfy our clients, but also benefit society and nature in general. We endeavour to provide cross-disciplinary solutions, because we believe that these bring the highest value to society. 

Holistic approach to flood risk management and coastal protection

The recent years have seen an increase in the number of storm floods, which cause heavy damage to property - both for single citizens and for the private and public sector. Ramboll has wide-ranging experience with storm flood projects, which show that cross-disciplinary solutions are of great value in decision-making processes and ensure a holistic approach to the challenges of coastal zones. 

Ramboll offers a wide range of services within the field of coastal protection, and our solutions are always based on the natural, technical and societal conditions in the area. Depending on the project needs, our team of experts cover the areas of coastal dynamics, financial and risk assessments, urban- and landscape planning, and environment, in order to ensure solutions of the highest quality.  

Expert knowledge

Coastal Protection projects comprise challenges with erosion problems and flooding. Our services include:

Studies and analysis

  • Erosion studies
  • Statistical analysis
  • Flood risk analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Design and modelling

  • Concept design
  • Detailed design
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Sediment modelling

Supervision and permits

  • Site supervision and inspections
  • Permits and authority handling

Related services

Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk Management

The present situation requires adaptation to the inevitable impacts of climate change. Both mitigation of and adaption to climate change call for a holistic, cross-boundary and cross discipline approach.

Read more about our services within Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk Management here.

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