6. Interactions of physical and biological processes in coastal seas

The multidisciplinary skills of the research groups at the FTZ research centre facilitate the investigation of effects of hydrodynamic processes on sediment transport in shallow seas and on marine habitats, enabling statements about the quality of types of habitats and their functioning. Basic research and modeling represent important scientific tools.

In this context ecological studies aim at an understanding of the food web covering the organisms from primary producers and macro-zoobenthic fauna to the end consumers as there are sea birds and marine mammals. The results provide an important contribution to the assessment of the state of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the framework of international conventions.