Newsletter 2021




Dear Sir or Madam,

we wish you a healthy and happy new year 2022. With this newsletter we would like to inform you about news from the consortium Coastal Research North Sea Baltic Sea (KüNO). Read what the projects have already achieved and where you can find out more about our results. Current news from the research network can also be found regularly in the news section of our website.

With kind regards,
the KüNO consortium



New seagrass meadows for the Baltic Sea

Seagrass meadows protect the coasts by stabilizing the sediment, are an important habitat for numerous plants and animals, clean the water and store CO2. The SeaStore project is investigating how seagrass meadows can be successfully restored. In June, the first planting campaign in Germany took place in the Baltic Sea. In laborious work, more than 12,000 individual plants were planted in the sediment by divers at two locations. The subsequent monthly monitoring already showed that the plants were reproducing at both sites.

> More about the project SeaStore





Scientifically accompanied coastal protection measure

The scientists of the ECAS-BALTIC project are particularly pleased to be able to provide scientific accompaniment for the reinforcement of the dune and beach in Ahrenshoop, following close coordination with stakeholders. There, the federal government and and the state of MV are investing 5 million euros in coastal protection and flushing about 585,000 m3 of sand over a length of almost 4 km. To better understand the effects of such measures on the ecosystem, the ECAS team is studying geomorphological, physical and biological changes from the water to the dune over several months. To work in shallow water, the new research catamaran Limanda of the University of Rostock is used.

> More about the project ECAS-BALTIC




Brochure on coastal development in climate change

As part of the KüNO umbrella project CoTrans, a brochure has been published summarizing research results on coastal development under climate change on the German Baltic Sea coast.
Continued rise of the mean sea level in the 21st century is almost certain. Therefore, coastal communities need to develop concepts in time to ensure their long-term development. This involves weighing up options locally, but also across political-administrative boundaries, making necessary decisions with the involvement of affected stakeholders, and initiating appropriate measures. The brochure is aimed at the general public, especially in the affected coastal communities, and provides an introduction to the topic. Unfortunately it is only available in German.

> To the download       > To the order form of the print version

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Elbe and Odra sediments less toxic

With an ambitious field program, the Blue Estuaries project is recording the pollution of the Elbe and the Odra estuaries by eutrophication and pollutants. In the first year of the project, sediment samplers were placed, a chamber lander for automated sampling was deployed (see photo), fish were caught, and numerous samples were analyzed. For example, the effect of sediments enriched with pollutants from many decades on test organisms was investigated. Initial results indicate that the toxicity of the Odra sediments is lower than that of the Elbe sediments and that it is lower than in previous studies. The next year will show whether these positive findings can be confirmed.

> To the detailed report

> More about the project Blue Estuaries (BluEs)




Distribution of North Sea fauna  strongly influenced by environment

Epibenthic fauna and demersal fish are key groups determining the ecosystem functions in the southern North Sea. In addition, fish are also a relevant food and income source for humans. Scientists of the Thünen Institute within the project MuSSeL have shown that the community structure of both groups depends on environmental variables in distinct ways. Thus, species-rich fish communities are found mainly in the western part of the southern North Sea (see figure). These new results will be used to further investigate how epifauna and fish respond to ongoing and future stressors originating from direct human exploitation and climate change.

> More about the project MuSSeL