Scientific methodology

Four case study lagoons have been selected to represent a set of “hotspot” coastal
lagoons with a wide and balanced geographical distribution and different characteristics. The lagoons included are: Vistula Lagoon in Baltic Sea (transboundary Poland/Russia); Tylygulskyi Lagoon in Black Sea (Ukraine); Ria de Aveiro Lagoon in Atlantic Ocean (Portugal), and Mar Menor in the Mediterranean Sea (Spain).

By means of elaborating integrated strategies for sustainable development of the case study lagoons in the climate change context, the LAGOONS project will contribute to the goals of the Call showing that it is possible to enhance connectivity between research and policy-making in a lagoons context using a proactive approach to water issues, which assures more efficient use of existing research results.

In management terms, LAGOONS will contribute to the decision-support methodologies for a coordinated approach to the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Directive. In addition, LAGOONS will propose actions to tackle bottlenecks in the context of climate change, i.e., LAGOONS will propose actions foreseen in the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.