Horst Sterr is Emeritus Professor of Coastal Geography at Kiel University, Germany. A primary focus of his research has been the impacts of climate change on coastal regions, covering aspects from coastal hazards to the assessment of coastal societies’ vulnerability. In the 1990s Prof. Sterr was the scientific representative for Germany in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group on Coastal Zone Management. He was engaged for 20 years in developing coastal zone management strategies and projects in Germany on a national and regional level. He has also been involved in a risk management advisory board for the German Government for over 10 years.