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North Sea meets Baltic Sea

Signed LoI to strengthen Dutch–German collaborations in coastal research witnessed by HRM The King and HRM The Queen of The Netherlands

The workshop held at Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Rostock, aimed to intensify scientific cooperation with respect to the causes and consequences of climate change effects as well as anthropogenic impacts on coastal systems and their dynamics in tidal and non-tidal systems of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Strategies and joint research efforts for better understanding the current system, for more accurately predicting future changes and minimizing their impact, and for developing innovative and sustainable adaptation strategies to climate- and human-induced marine and coastal challenges have been agreed in between the Dutch-German collaboration partners and developed in chaired expert discussions and young scientist poster presentations.

Scientific topics that have been covered by the workshop:

  • Coastal systems in change – geological, physical and ecological aspects
  • Climate change and sea level rise – regional climate models
  • Coastal engineering and coastal protection – building with nature
  • Contaminants and water quality – micro-plastics in the sea

Witnessed by HRM The King and HRM The Queen of The Netherlands a Letter of Intent (LoI) between Dutch and German research partners incorporating among others, e.g. Deltares, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and TUDelft on the Dutch side as well as Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH (HZG) and Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH) on the German side, has been signed to advance existing collaborations and to lay a new foundation for a wider framework for promoting and facilitating scientific cooperation between the institutions in Germany and the Netherlands, in the field of marine and coastal research focusing on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea [ts].