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News from the KüNO consortium



March, 2021

How healthy is the Baltic Sea? An international research team with the participation of the University of Hamburg has developed an index that can be used to assess the condition of the Baltic Sea. This is to be used in the KüNO project balt_ADAPT. How this "Baltic Health Index" (BHI) works and what grade the Baltic Sea currently achieves, you can read here in the open access publication.


Exchange started: The kick-off event of the KüNO III network took place virtually on 15 and 16 March, 2021. More than 100 scientists learned about the projects, exchanged information in smaller groups about the planned work and networked with each other. In addition, there were exciting contributions from stakeholders from industry, policy advice and research funding about successful examples of collaboration between science and use. A press release (in German) from the BMBF about the event can be found here. A press release (in German) from the BMBF about the event can be found here.

New article published: Heike Schwermer et al. examined differences in knowledge, values, and beliefs among stakeholder groups and present a model that improves understanding of human-environment interactions and could help reduce conflicts and legitimize management plans. Click here for the open access article.

February, 2021

New online tool developed: Around the world, sea levels are rising due to climate change. This is often associated with the fate of people in far-flung regions. But what is the situation on our coasts? How much has sea level risen on the North Sea and Baltic Sea over the last 100 years? Is it rising faster and faster? And what will the future bring? These questions are answered by the newly developed sea level monitor taking into account current water level data. The complete press release with link to the Sea Level Monitor can be found here. The link to the Sea Level Monitor can be found here.


December, 2020

KüNO Steering Committee consolidated: Shortly before Christmas, the new steering committee of KüNO III met for the first time. The coordinators of the 7 new projects discussed in a video conference how to foster future collaboration between the projects. A joint kick-off meeting in March as well as cross-cutting workshops and young scientists seminars were planned. Prof. Ulrich Bathmann (IOW), who has been involved in the KüNO network from the beginning, was elected as the first speaker of the steering committee. From October 2021, PD Dr. Jochen Hinkel (Global Climate Forum) will take over this task, followed by Prof. Ingrid Kröncke (Senckenberg am Meer) in the last project year.


November 2020

Start of KüNO III: The third phase of KüNO starts with new projects, each with a duration of three years. The six new research consortia balt_ADAPT, BioWeb, BluEs, ECAS-BALTIC, MuSSeL and SeaStore will be linked by the umbrella project CoTrans and supported in the synthesis and transfer of project results. A joint kick-off meeting will be held on March 15 and 16, 2021. An overview of the projects with links to more information can be found here.

Are the big predators returning to the North Sea? The press release (in German) on the project launch of Bioweb can be found here.

How does the Baltic fishery survive without cod and herring? The press release (in German) on the project launch of balt_ADAPT can be found here. An interview (in German) with Prof. Christian Möllmann on the project launch here. 

What do we know about climate, climate change and their impacts in northern Germany? The current state of research is summarized in a comprehensible way in the new handbook "Northern Germany in Climate Change", edited by Dr. Insa Meinke, head of the North German Coastal and Climate Office at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) and member of the KüNO consortium. The press release (in German) and the download link of the handbook can be found here.