Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, 2018-02-21


Summer School: Marine benthic habitats – function of sediments and valuation of their services

Coastal and marginal seas serve as natural reaction sites for the processing and accumulation of land-derived discharges. The main location of modification and accumulation of input into coastal and marginal seas are in most cases the sediments. Sustainable development of shelf sea space needs to resolve the conflict between use and protection of natural resources. Extant and new societal demands on shelf sea floors (e.g., wind farming) have impacts on the physical environment, biogeochemistry and biology of this important ecosystem compartment. Human pressures on sea floors of the North Sea and Baltic Sea are mounting and require a thorough inventory of status and functions of this important ecosystem component for this reason, we consider it of utmost importance to disseminate knowledge gained multidisciplinary expertise in our research centers. Experts in fields of geology, physical and chemical oceanography, economics, biology and ecology as well as coastal zone management will present their experience during the school in lecture, practical and excursion.

The Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde and the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht are leading National Centres for coastal research in Germany. The have been organizing a common annual summer school since 2002 in Sylt, Helgoland, Büsum and Warnemünde. The summer school 2014 will be committed to the topics of the five collaborating projects BACOSA, MOSSCO, NOAH, SECOS and STopP. NOAH, SECOS and MOSSCO are coordinated by the mentioned institutes.