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MAREA - Modélisations et Aide à la décision face aux Risques côtiers en Euskal Atlantique


During 2013 and 2014, storms have impacted strongly the Bask Coast on both sides of the border putting under risk persons’ and properties’ safety. In front of this situation, Bask local Administrations want to improve their environmental knowledge at local scales to better anticipate coastal risk management. To meet this need, local administrations and scientists have been coordinated by the GIS Littoral Basque to develop MAREA research project which purpose is to create local operative tools to help decisions-making about coastal risks.

Stakeholder typology: 
Public authority (local / regional)
Lead Partner: 
Communauté d'Agglomération Pays Basque (CAPB) - France (région Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Other partner(s) : 

Basque Government (Spain)

University Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France)

Suez Eau France (France)

AZTI (Spain)


Prediction and prevention of coastal floods and erosion risk as well as health
and well-being of Basque coastal population;
Creating local operative tools to help decisions-making about coastal risks;
Joining together Spanish and French Basque scientists & public bodies in
order to resolve cross border local issues dues to climate change.


Make more operational the risks management at the coast areas using local indicators and sharing networks of observation and monitoring of the littoral in real time.
Improve the anticipation and risks prevention in the coast in a climate change context.
Raise awareness of the politicians and technical teams of the Basque coast regarding the importance of risk prevention culture.

Results and Transferability: 

A cross border observation network in real time setting up sensors, buoys, video systems
in different beaches and ports in the Basque coast (Bermeo, Donostia, Zarautz,
Biarritz, Anglet St Jean de Luz);
Past storms analysis: existing data to optimize statistics analysis & develop robust models to
generate local alerts adapt to the territory ;
Plug in to implement statistic data to develop waves-models
New data scientist to improve risk culture and adapt the territory to the climate change

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The project takes place in the crossborder Basque coast (from Bermeo in Spain to Anglet in France).

AAP Priority covered : 
Priority 2: Protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment
Priority 4: Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development
Total project/activity cost (€): 
1 545 000 €
Funding instrument used: 

FEDER (Programme Interreg POCTEFA)

MAREA - Modélisations et Aide à la décision face aux Risques côtiers en Euskal Atlantique
Nouvelle Aquitaine
Funding contribution (€): 
1 004 250 €
Private contribution (€): 
260 000 €