WELCOME TO FUTURE EARTH COASTS | a project to support sustainability and adaptation to global change in the coastal zone

Our goal is to strengthen the science-policy interface and contribute to securing sustainable coastal futures in the new epoch called the Anthropocene. We aim to develop a scientific and technological community from all disciplines for the co-design and co-production of knowledge that will engage with policymakers, business, industry and other stakeholders.



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To support transformation to a sustainable and resilient future for society and nature on the coast by facilitating innovative, integrated and impactful science.


Future Earth Coasts is first and foremost a ‘community’ of organisations, scientists and practitioners from all disciplines of science, engineering, the humanities and law whose work addresses Global Environmental Change, contributes to achieving the SDGs and social learning.

We therefore provide a platform for networking, delivering ‘added value’ to the outputs of our community to explore and understand the drivers and social-environmental impacts of global environmental change in coastal zones.


A global platform for international scientific collaboration that: 

  • Strengthens global partnerships between researchers, funders and users of research
  • Enables integrated research on grand challenges and transformations to sustainability
  • Communicates science to society and society to science



We are a core project of Future Earth. Our work, in partnership with other Future Earth Core Projects, is structured to support the delivery of science-derived solutions that address global environmental and societal challenges, and designed to broaden global change science to promote a transition to sustainability.

The challenges of achieving sustainable development are complex and interrelated questions centred on how to balance:
Equity | Justice | Resilience | Economic opportunity | Infrastructure development | Ecological management | And more

Co-design | Transformation | Justice

Linkage between society and policy: Societal pressure for change from perceived or real injustice

Innovation between policy and practice: Non-linear changes in response to untenable conditions

Driver between society and practice: Shifts in social values and priorities


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Observing; explaining; understanding; projecting earth, environmental and societal system trends; drivers and processes and their interactions; anticipating global thresholds and risks.