Coastal areas, in their multiple use and associated pressures, are where integrated approaches are most urgently needed. Integrated costal management focus on three major goals: overcoming conflictive interests, preserving biological diversity and productivity, and promoting equitable and sustainable allocation of resources.
The importance of numerical modelling has increased over the years in costal management. Their contribution to complement and interpolate data from traditional observation methods is now unquestionable. For the last 15 years MARETEC has been actively involved coastal management, implementing monitoring programs and modeling approaches to address issues that range from beach water quality to sediment dynamics.