STopP – „From sediment to top predators – influence of seabed characteristics on ben-thos and benthivorous birds“.

Coordination: LandesbetrieStoppb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz, National-parkverwaltung (NPV)


Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Wattenmeer-station Sylt (AWI), List.

Kiel University, Institute of Geosciences, Sedimentology, Coastal and Continental Shelf Re-search (IfG) and Research and Technology

Center Westcoast in Büsum (FTZ).

State Agency of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas, division: water bodies (LLUR).

Personal involved:

Klaus Schwarzer
Kerstin Wittbrodt
Eric Steen

Funding period: April 2013 – March 2016
Funding Organization: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Short descriptionSide-Scan Sonar mosaic with and box-coring stations

The joint research project "STopP“ is one of five projects which are funded in the framework of the call “Coastal Sea Research in the North and Baltic Sea.” which is part the FONA-program (Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklung” of the German Federal Ministry of Educa-tion and Research.) STopP is coordinated by the national park administration of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The influence of sediment characteristics, sediment distribution pattern and hydrological forc-ing on species composition and distribution is investigated. An evaluation is completed through a combination with statistical habitat models, ecological network analyses and hydrodynamic models and those abiotic factors leading to certain habitats and specific species communities. The joint research project aims to describe for the first time for the German North Sea coast those sceneries ecosystems that play a key role in the system sediment - benthos - top-predator. In this way an essential precondition for the overall assessment of the ecological status of marine ecosystems is  accomplished as well as for the implementation of national and international marine protection policies. It is planned to develop and to evaluate describing parameters  for descriptors "sea floor integrity ", "wood webs" , and "biodiversity" of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
In a sub-project, IfG carries out sediment and habitat mapping based on side scan sonar, multibeam echo sounder and sub bottom profiler techniques. Data are calibrated by sediment sampling and analyses as well as underwater video observations. Focus area is Amrum Bank (North Sea).

For further information please visit http://www.deutsche-kuestenforschung.de/stopp-214.html