Current projects

Bird migration across North Sea and Baltic Sea (TRACKBIRD)

In this project we investigate the potential impact of offshore wind farms on migratory birds. Movement patterns of individual birds in German marine regions (North Sea, Baltic Sea) are recorded by using modern telemetry systems. The collected data improve the assessment of potential wind farm effects such as collision risks, barrier or attraction effects and potential habitat loss.

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Tracking of marine top predators (MONTRACK)

Seabirds and marine mammals are top predators in marine food webs. With telemetric methods data on their spatial movements can be gathered.

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Impact of offshore wind energy development on seabirds (OWF-seabirds)

The aim of the project is to investigate the effects of offshore wind turbines on seabirds in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Currently, the expansion of offshore wind farms (OWPs) in the German EEZ is progressing rapidly; plans for the next decades indicate large-scale dimensions. This makes the cumulative effects of the operation of many wind farms and assessments of the consequences of further wind farms for seabirds central to this project.

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Seabird Monitoring Schleswig-Holstein North Sea

In the Schleswig-Holstein territorial area of the North Sea, the FTZ has been carrying out seabird monitoring within the framework of Natura 2000 on behalf of the National Park Administration in the Schleswig-Holstein State Agency for Coastal Protection, National Park and Marine Conservation (LKN) since 2004.

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Research focus: Migration patterns of Eurasian Curlews

Migratory routes of Eurasian Curlews in the East Atlantic Flyway have been largely unknown. Information on the spatio-temporal patterns of Curlew migration has now been collected by GPS data loggers. Furthermore, possible conflicts with offshore wind farms on their migratory routes can be identified.

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