Current Projects

Permanent Station Buesum Mole

As a contribution to North Sea monitoring activities, the FTZ performs operational measurements of various water quality parameters at the permanent station Buesum Mole.

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Decision support system for the sustainable coastal development of the Shandong Peninsula, China

The project aims at the development of a decision support system (DSS) for the sustainable environmental development of the northern coast of the Shandong peninsula, China. The system shall provide a sound scientific support to coastal scientists and public institutions with coastal management issues.

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Ocean renewable energy in the Indonesian Seas

About 80% of the global energy consumption is supplied by fossil fuels. In the face of the climate change, sea level rise and the depletion of oil resources much effort is done to use ocean renewable energy. The National Energy Council (NEC) of Indonesia intends to strengthen the role of ocean renewable energy in the national energy mix and supports investigations on the potentials of wave and tidal current energy.

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STopP - from sediment to top-predator - influence of sea floor properties on benthos and benthivorous birds

 

The joint research project "STopP“  is one of five projects that are funded in the framework of the call “Coastal Sea Research in the North and Baltic Sea.”  The call is part the program FONA (Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklung”  of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.)  STopP is coordinated by the national park administration of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Identification of marine natural habitat types in the Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein according to FFH

The Habitats Directive (FFH) of the European Union (EU) describes for coastal seafloors that are permanently covered by water (subtidal) three so called marine natural habitat types. These compartments have to be monitored and evaluated, and their status has to be reported every six years to the EU by the responsible authority.  The relevant habitat types are "subtidal sandbanks", "large shallow inlets and bays", and "reefs". In the scope of the implementation of the Habitats Directive mandatory definitions and mapping instructions have been recommended that mainly base on the geological setting of the site.

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WadaWA? - Waechst das Watt (is the Wadden Sea growing?)

Erodierte Wattoberfläche

 

With regard to the long-term stability of the Wadden Sea the question whether the elevation growth of the tidal flats is able to follow sea level rise is of particular importance. Against this background, measurements of the relative heights of tidal flats are carried out since 2008 in collaboration with the NATUUR CENTRUM AMELAND (Netherlands).

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TeLeWatt - temperature above pipes and cables in tidal flat sediments

Bild zeigt das Einspülen von "Temperaturmesslanzen

FTZ carried out several projects to investigate the variability of temperature in tidal flat sediments above pipelines and cables. Besides the long term measurement of soil temperature in a depth of 30 cm this also involves the registration and evaluation of possible effects of soil heating on sediments and living environment.

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Optimising a fish respiration system

The projects aims at further developing and steadying of an online-controlled housing system to detect metabolic activity in fish.

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Microalga as an alternative feed for larval rearing in marine aquaculture

The project is carried out in cooperation with the BlueBioTech GmbH and the Association for Marine Aquaculture mbH in Buesum. The aim is the industrial production of the microalgae Pavlova for larval fish rearing

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Time series analysis

To interpret procedures in coastal areas, it is necessary to look over time series and data sets in all directions for coherencies for possible plausible explanations.

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Weather station at FTZ

The weather station is equipped with sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, different light sensors, and wind speed and direction.

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A-KÜST / coastal waters – TP2 / AP2

In this project the effect of sea level rise on the local morphodynamics of the Ley Bay will be investigated.

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Changes of the operation of the Ems storm surge barrier to reduce the concentrations of suspended matter and dredging volumes

In the course of the project a three dimensional model of the Ems estuary is developed. It is used to simulate the hydro-morphological effects of different scenarios in which the Ems storm surge barrier is used for controlling tidal dynamics to reduce the import of sediment into the lower Ems river. The effects on suspended sediment transport and sedimentation volumes are assed.

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Hydromorphological investigations of different approaches to improve the ecological state of the lower Ems river

IIn this project four alternative solutions are analyzed with respect to their potential to sustainably reduce the sediment import into the river Ems and to improve the water quality in the lower river. A three dimensional hydrodynamic numerical model is applied to conduct hydromorphological simulations. The results are used in conjunction with an verified set of indicators to evaluate the proposed solutions against the actual situation.

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Nowcasting and Forecasting System for the Management of Fish Farms in the Red Sea

In this project a web-based Coastal Information System for the management of coastal areas along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea is assessed in its effectiveness to deliver data for the management of fish farms. The system runs in real time and delivers water levels, current velocities and waves with high spatial and temporal resolution.

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Capacity Building in Coastal Cage Aquaculture

This project deals with the development of capacity building programs for experts in the field of aquaculture. The TRAIN-X methodology, used by the Train-Sea –Coast Programme and by various other training programmes in the United Nations is adopted.

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Sysmar Dimensional Analysis of Carrying Capacity

In this project a simple and generally applicable relationship for estimating production levels for finfish mariculture has been developed. The resulting equation is to be integrated within the DSS SYSMAR and used in conjunction with numerical model simulations for estimation of the environmental carrying capacity of floating net cages.

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Sysmar Supporting System for Management of Aquaculture

The Research and Technology Centre of the University of Kiel has been actively involved in the continuing development of a decision support system (DSS) for assessment of environmental impact, site selection and estimation of carrying capacities of floating net fish farms.  

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Monitoring techniques for cage fish farms

This project deals with the development of monitoring strategies suited for the assessment of the effect of floating net cages. The investigations are carried out in close cooperation with our partners in Indonesia.

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Spatial planning of coastal and offshore cage aquaculture on the Shandong Peninsula, China

This project focuses on the continuing development and application of an existing decision support system (SYSMAR) for the management of cage aquaculture on the Shandong Peninsula in China. Preliminary results of the application of the system for supporting the development of a coastal management planning are presented.

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Modelling the Dispersion of Pollutants in Relation to Microalgae Blooms and Fish Contamination in Jakarta Bay

Jakarta Bay is exposed to a high load of pollutants mainly deriving from land-based activities in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area (JMA).

The primary goal of the project is to study the transport and dispersion of anthropogenic nutrients (N, P) from the JMA using a combination of field measurements and numerical modelling.

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Monitoring of marine top predators in the North and Baltic Seas (TopMarine)

Seabirds and marine mammals are apex predators and as such they constitute an important component of marine ecosystems. The monitoring and assessment of their population status and precise information on their distribution, population trends, and ecological preferences are fundamental prerequisites for effective conservation measures and fact-based management of protected areas. In addition, data from this monitoring programme are used as indicators for the assessment of the environmental status.

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Digital census methods (PhoViComp)

In this project, the FTZ compares digital aerial video-based and photo-based strip-transect methods. With both types of methods, synoptic censuses of seabirds and marine mammals are possible. The comparison of the methods is carried out in dedicated study areas in the German parts of North Sea and Baltic Sea.

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Bird migration over the open sea (BIRDMOVE)

Which consequences have offshore wind farms on migratory birds and seabirds in German waters? In this project, state of the art telemetry systems are applied to record movement patterns of individual birds over medium to long periods and assess possible risks.

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SYSMAR- Mass Balance Model for the Quantification of Cage Fish Farm Wastes

In this project a mass balance models to quantify the waste flux from floating net cage mariculture is developed. The model calculates fish growth and the fraction of carbon or nitrogen dedicated to the different pathways of growth, excretion, faecal discard and to feed wastage.

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