Theme 9 - Assessment of field observation techniques

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Welcome to the main page of Theme 9. The ENCORA Theme 9 Network on “Assessment of Field Observation Techniques” focuses on tools and practices that are useful in resolving observational problems in the coastal area, among the public and private sectors. This page introduces the main topics and related articles of Theme 9. Below, also information about the objectives, coordination and contact persons is provided.

Alphabetic overview of all articles of Theme 9
State of the Art Overview on Field Observation Techniques (Theme 9)

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Field observation techniques

Field observations can be used to provide relevant information about our environment. There are different ways to approach and describe monitoring processes. One approach is to focus on the question what? or which objects are observed? Another approach is to focus on how? or which measurement technique or method is used to observe? Once data is collected it needs to be handled, analysed and converted into relevant information (data-processing). Another aspect of observation is the linkage with the policy process (policy and monitoring). Below, for different aspects of the observation process, links to relevant articles are provided.

Theme 9 also contains a summary of the Manual Sediment Transport Measurements in Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Seas. The lead of all articles which are part of this manual, will explain with which part of the manual the article corresponds. These articles are not included yet in the overview of articles below.


The objectives of the ENCORA Theme 9 Network are:

  • To stimulate the development and application of emerging methodologies for field observation techniques and monitoring of coastal zones
  • To identify key observation techniques for future collaborative research projects
  • To promote the application of the State-of-the-Art observational techniques to a range of demonstration field sites across Europe
  • To promote the dissemination of good practice guidelines across Europe, e.g. HIMOM, NOKIS; case studies from European countries
  • To intertwine existing research and projects in development to promote the development of new observational techniques for the application in coastal and estuarial systems
  • To identify, enhance, evaluate and provide access to data bases, e.g. NOKIS, coastDat, and others



Prof. Franciscus Colijn
Institute for Coastal Research at GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, Germany


If you want to make contributions to Theme 9 or for any questions about Theme 9 please contact:

Dr. Clivia Häse
Institute for Coastal Research, ENCORA Office
GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht
Max-Planck-Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht, Germany