KüNO Spring School 'Human impact on the Tidal Elbe'


KüNO Spring School

Human impact on the Tidal Elbe - Ecology, conservation, prediction & adaption

20 - 25 March, 2022

in Lauenburg (Elbe)


Programme of the KüNO Spring School 2022 in Lauenburg (Elbe)


We cordially invite the early career scientists - PhD students as well as PostDocs - of the KüNO network to participate in the KÜNO Spring School from 20 to 25 March, 2022, in Lauenburg (Elbe). We offer you a varied program on current topics in coastal research and the possibility to train key competencies for your career. The aim of the spring school is to give an additional input into your work, to expand the view on your research area and to bring expertise from outside into the KüNO network. And of course, by the exchange with other young scientists we want to foster the networking within KüNO. The event language is English. Please find below a short description of the diverse programme.


Programme description

The excursion ‘Nature conservation’ will take us to the nature reserve ‘Hohes Elbufer’. Heike Kramer from the NABU Geesthacht will introduce the habitat of many animals and plants during a hike. She will give an overview about conflicts between protection and use at the Elbe and the activities of the NABU to protect the nature in this region.

Andreas Schöl from the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) will give a lecture about ‘Water quality assessment’. After an introduction into water quality simulation in the Elbe and a fish habitat model, the young scientists can try out the fish habitat application for themselves.

The experimental course ‘Ecology of the Tidal Elbe’ is held at the Hereon Institute in Geesthacht by Kirstin Dähnke, Tina Sanders and Justus van Beusekom. The participants will take water samples and analyse them for Chl a and nutrients. Microscopic observations will be used to investigate community composition. This practical insight will be rounded off by presentations on the changes in the tidal Elbe over the last 30 years.

During the full-day workshop ‘Scientific presentation & communication’, the science communicator Julia Offe and the acting coach Andreas Laurenz Maier will train how to present complex topics in an understandable way. The young scientists will learn presentation methods and practice implementing what was learned in groups.

Moritz Mathis from Hereon will give a lecture on ‘Climate prediction modeling’ and will teach the participants in interpreting model results and uncertainties. In hand-on exercises the participants learn to carry out a climate simulation of the North Sea.

With Clais von Mirbach from the Hamburg State Office for Roads, Bridges and Waters (LSBG) the young researchers will visit ‘Flood protection systems’ in the city of Hamburg and will get an insight into planning and implementation of constructional adaptions to climate change.

The talk ‘Ecological passability of the Tidal Elbe’ will shed light on a conflict between use and protection. It is intended that this discussion be combined with a tour of the fish ladder in Geesthacht.

Beate Ratter and her colleagues will address the Tidal Elbe and its changes from the ‘Perspective of the population’. With a combination of lecture and interactive exercises, participants explore the perceptions of the river as natural environment, economic region and ecosystem service.

To foster interdisciplinary collaboration, the young scientists will play the game ‘COLLAB’ that enables a playful exchange about disciplinary principles. With talks about careers in the coastal field, the broad range of possibilities shall be introduced.



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