Current projects

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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