Spotlights - Science in a Nutshell

In this section you can find edited scientific information for the interested public in the form of Spotlights that are added by map and information material. The Spotlights explain in a nutshell important topics of the research conducted at the Institute of Coastal Research, for example shipping emissions, ocean currents and the Wadden Sea. An important aspect of the work carried out by the scientists is the research of matter cycles in coastal seas. The Spotlight content links directly to the access of data and visualisation within coastMap.

Ocean Currents
Tides in the North and Baltic Seas

Ocean currents are vital to many aspects of the marine ecosystem. Ocean currents transport food to fishing grounds but also distribute pollutants that are, for example, introduced by rivers.

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Wadden Sea
Schematic of Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is a unique and highly sensitive habitat. This also shows the designation of the area as UNESCO World Natural Heritage (since 2009). The Wadden Sea is influenced by the tides.

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Matter Cycles in Coastal Seas
Algae bloom in the North Sea

The global coastal seas form a narrow strip between land and ocean. Join us on a discovery journey through the North Sea and the biogeochemical work of the Institute of Coastal Research.

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Shipping Emissions
Ship emitting black smoke

Ships substantially contribute to air pollution in heavily travelled coastal regions by emitting nitrogen oxides. Using computer simulations, researchers at HZG have determined the extent of this pollution.

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coastMap introduced in 3D
3D image of the German bight

On the backdrop of the North Sea bathymetry coastMap is introduced in a 3D video. The elevation is over exaggerated by a factor of 50 to emphasise subtle differences in seafloor stuctures.

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