Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas

Determination of contaminants in integrative sampling techniques, sediment and water samples

Marine Bioanalytical Chemistry

Coastal zones are impacted by a wide range of human activities. In particular, animals and plants in coastal waters can be affected by persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances (PBTs). The commissions and international conventions responsible for the marine environment such as the Marine Strategy Framwork Directive (MSFD), the Water Framwork Directive (WFD), the Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung (KDM), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) have therefore made the determination of PBT substances as well as their possible biological effects a main priority.

The Department of Marine Bioanalytical Chemistry investigates persistent and emerging compounds especially heavy metals and element-species including their potential effects in coastal and marine environments using integrative sampling techniques (passiv and active sampler). Various environmental compartments (sediment, water, and biota) are analysed in order to contribute to the assessment of the good environmental status, characterising seafloor provinces and identifying consequences of sea floor use.

Current and perspective research topics