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Founded in 1916, Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Waterways, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering at the Leibniz University of Hanover is nationally and internationally well-known partner for scientific problems in the fields of hydraulics, river engineering, water road maintenance and planning, port operations and logistics, coastal protection, dike monitoring, flood control and risk management, environmental impacts of water engineering, tidal influences and offshore engineering.

This wide range of Ludwig-Franzius-Institute will continue under the new Director and expanded in terms of interdisciplinary networks and collaborative projects in the field of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), the risk and vulnerability research in coastal zones and also in technical collaboration with developing countries.

Laboratory Facilities of Ludwig-Franzius-Institute is located in the Nienburger Str. 4 and 5 in Hanover, more laboratory space and the outside grounds in Hanover Marienwerder, Markurstr. 11


Tasks and research

In the context of current research activity the Ludwig-Franzius-Institute deals with issues in the following areas of research:

  •     Offshore Technology
  •     Coastal protection, flood management and dam monitoring
  •     Port construction and port planning
  •     Building hydraulic
  •     Numerical modeling
  •     Waterways in the inland and tidal
  •     Hydrography and Hydrometry
  •     River engineering and environmental
  •     Tsunami research and risk management


Due to the consistent expansion of the facilities and techniques at Ludwig-Franzius-Institute numerous, some worldwide unique experimental facilities are available to carry out physical model tests.

In addition to these classical model tests in hydraulic engineering, the computer-based modeling using a numerical investigation is becoming increasingly important today. Through a combination of both professional opportunities highly complex tasks can be handled and resolved.