|The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) started in 1993 as one of the core projects of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). LOICZ focuses on the area of the Earth's surface where land, ocean and atmosphere meet and interact.
The overall goal of this project is to determine at regional and global scales:
the nature of that dynamic interaction;
how changes in various components of the Earth system are affecting coastal zones and altering their role in global cycles;
to assess how future changes in these areas will affect their use by people; and
to provide a sound scientific basis for future integrated management of coastal areas on a sustainable basis.