Coastal areas are areas of great interest and socio-economic and environmental value, given that a high and growing percentage of the world’s population resides and develops much of its activities there. These areas are highly dynamic and present a variability in relatively short periods of time, giving rise to a great fragility and vulnerability to any type of external pressure (natural or anthropic).

At IHCantabria we develop methodologies and numerical tools for the evaluation of coastal threats and impacts, which allow to approach the multiple dimensions of coastal vulnerability (e.g. human, socioeconomic, environmental) from the deterministic or probabilistic point of view.


Knowing the hydraulic behavior of watersheds is essential to proposing comprehensive strategies that make it possible to protect people and property against flooding


Erosive processes in coastal areas threaten infrastructure and housing as well as communities and ecosystems. The erosive impacts of natural hazards have increased.


Large tsunamis are natural phenomena that, despite their relatively low frequency, can cause significant damage, having impacted more than 400,000 victims in the last 150 years …


For over two decades, IHCantabria has been involved in developing methodologies and tools to be used in all aspects of planning and responding to accidental spills (e.g. oil, chemicals or floating objects)…

Climate Change Risks and Adaptation

Climate change is a reality and a threat to many areas around the planet. Changes in weather patterns and rising sea levels pose a major risk, especially in coastal areas…

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