KüNO provides the scientific basis for a sustainable use of natural ressources in the coastal zones of the North and Baltic Sea. In this combined approach, the competences and capacities of the research intsitutions in KÜNO enable a comprehensive investigation, evaluation and forecast of the ecological status of different environmental compartments and their service function in both national seas.
Based on scientific findings data and data products are being developed for further users such as state authorities or service companies. In this manner, KüNO transfers scientific knowledge and provides sound and independent information at the forefront of research for application.
One of the first products represents the „Hintergrundbericht Nährstoffreduktionsziele Ostsee“ (Background report on nutrient targets for the Baltic Sea). In this policy paper, scientists have developed and published improved quality targets for the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in cooperation with state authorities.
KüNO currently develops a data portal as the major plattform for data and data products for coastal zones in the North and Baltic Sea. It will be a target group oriented component and interlink with the relevant national and – in a next step – European data portals in marine sciences.