Aktuelle Projekte


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

Coordination: Landesbetrieb 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 descriptionStoPp

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


GeoHab – BALDESH – Habitats and fields of stones in the shallow water environment of the Baltic Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein – their dynamics and function.

Institutions involved:

Kiel University, Institute of Geosciences, Sedimentology, Coastal and Continental Shelf Research (IfG)submarine boulders

GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ocean Research, Kiel

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (LLUR)

Personal involved:

Klaus Schwarzer

Gitta Ann von Rönn


Funding period: Nov. 2014 – Oct. 2019
Funding Organization: State Government via State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (LLUR)


Short description:

Changes in the environmental conditions due to sea level fluctuations, increase in storminess, euthrophication, exploitation of resources or construction works are firstly reflected in the coastal areas. The shallow water environments of the Baltic Sea coast of Schleswig Holstein are an alteration of sandy environments offshore lowlands and hard bottom substrates offshore active cliffs. The latter are partly covered with stones of different size and with dif-ferent spatial distribution. Depending on the exposure of the coastline, these relict sediments, which are an indicator of ongoing erosion and reworking of glacial deposits, can be observed down to 20 m water depth. Especially stones, which have been exploited for more than 100 years until 1976, are an extremely valuable habitat, recognized by several national and inter-national regulations and directives. The ascertainment of stones, their impact on the seafloor and their behaviour as an ecological habitat due to environmental changes is the main objec-tive of this research program.

For further information please visit http://www.uni-kiel.de/pressemeldungen/?pmid=2015-119-baldesh


SEDINO, Phase II (Sediment dynamics in the North- and Baltic Sea - delimitation of sea-floor-types considering the subsurface structure and the influence of benthic organisms on sediment properties and sediment distribution)  SEDINO

Co-operation with:

Federal Maritime Agency (BSH) (co-ordination)

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

Senkenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven

Personal involved:

Klaus Schwarzer

Peter Richter



Funding by BfN (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) via BSH

Period I: June 2012 – October 2014

Period II: November 2014 – April 2017

Short description

The objective of SEDINO is a full coverage high resolution spatial sedi-mentological mapping of selected sites in the German EEZ of the North- and Baltic Sea with different hydro-acoustic (Side-Scan Sonar, parametric sub-bottom profiler) and optical meth-ods. Special focus is given to marine protected areas in the Baltic Sea (Odra Bank, Adler Ground, Kadet Channel and Fehmarn Belt, https://www.bfn.de/0314_meeresschutzgebiete+M52087573ab0.html) and North Sea (East-ern German Bight and Sylt Outer Reef (https://www.bfn.de/0314_meeresschutzgebiete+M52087573ab0.html). Besides Sediment distribution patterns the spatial and temporal distribution and dynamics of bedforms from small (dm) to macro scale (km) and the interaction with benthic organisms is investigated.

For further information pleas visit http://www.bfn.de/fileadmin/MDB/documents/themen/meeresundkuestenschutz/downloads/Fachtagungen/AWZ-Forschung-Ergebnisse/Claudia-Propp.pdf



The SouthChina Sea Deep

National Science Foundation of China, 2013-2018
Collaborators: State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai
Contact person: Karl Stattegger
The mission of the project is to correlate the deep basin of the South China Sea and surrounding land, including three major scientific themes: tectonics and magmatism, stratigraphy and sedimentology, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. Major goals are sediment fluxes from source to sink and preparing for ocean drilling on the Sunda Shelf.



Climate - Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Oceans (SFB 754)sfb754


several institutes at Kiel University

The Collaborative Research Center (SFB 754) addresses the relatively newly recognized threat of ocean deoxygenation, its possible impact on tropical oxygen minimum zones and implications for the global climate-biogeochemistry system. The overall goal of the SFB 754 is to improve understanding of the coupling of tropical climate variability and circulation with the ocean's oxygen and nutrient balance, to quantitatively evaluate the nature of oxygen-sensitive tipping points, as well as to assess consequences for the Ocean's future.

For further information please visit: http://www.sfb754.de/en/?Home


The importance of submarine groundwater discharge for the southwestern Baltic Sea (SGDBALTIC)SGDBALTIC

Alfred-Wegner Institute, Bremerhaven
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig

This project investigates the occurrence of submarine groundwater discharge in the southwestern Baltic Sea and the potential impact of SGD on the coastal environment (EU FP7 funded).

Transport and Fluxes across the benthic boundary layer – subproject within the special research project SFB 754 “Climate - Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean” (further information: http://www.sfb754.de/en/?Home)


Groundwater/seawater along the south African coast and its effects on sustainable coastal and water resource management (SPACES).SPACES

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig (project coordinator)
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Western Cape, South Africa

This collaborative project investigates the groundwater/seawater interaction (GSI) along the South African south coast between False Bay and East London with the focus on the impact of groundwater discharge on coastal environments and its effects on marine biota. Furthermore the vulnerability of aquifers due to land use changes and due to groundwater overexploitation is studied (BMBF funded).

For further information please visit: http://www.spaces-gsi.com/


Biogeochemistry of trace metals and their isotopes in the southeastern Atlantic. RV Meteor cruise M121.MEteorCruise


Principal investigators:
Prof. Dr. M. Frank
Prof. Dr. E. Achterberg
Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky

This cruise is part of the internationally coordinated program GEOTRACES. The main goal of the cruise is to determine in detail the distributions of trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs) in the water column of the SE Atlantic in order to constrain TEI supply and removal mechanisms, their biogeochemical cycling, and their interaction with the nitrogen cycle in the study region. The focus of our group will be on the distribution radium isotopes to investigate the origin and fluxes of TEIs. (DFG funded).


New surveillance tools for remote sea monitoring and their application on submarine groundwater discharge and seabed surveys (BONUS SEAMOUNT)





EvoLogics GmbH, Berlin (project coordinator)

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark

Geological Survey of Finnland, Espoo, Finnland

Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland

NOA, Krakow, Polandk



CAU personnel involved:


Jan Scholten

Jan F. Schröder

In this project, the technology for an innovative underwater vehicle with the capability of complex real-time sea surveys will be established. The modular design of the platform includes a radon sensor for the detection and monitoring of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) sources, UW-video camera, multiparameter probe (CTD, pH, oxygen, nutrients and others), and subsystems for autonomous navigation and communication. The system will be tested and compared with conventional measurements at SGD sites in the Eckernfoerde Bay (Germany), the Horsens Estuary (Denmark) and offshore southern Finland. Integrated hydrological modelling and additional permanent monitoring will allow investigating the importance of SGD for nutrient and pollutant fluxes to the Baltic Sea.


Funded by the BONUS Baltic Sea research and development programme, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.ptj