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BluEs: Blue_Estuaries – Developing estuaries as habitable sustainable ecosystem despite climate change and stress

Short description

A comprehensive investigation of the effects of multiple stressors including eutrophication, contamination, and climate change on the biota of the two largest German estuaries, the Odra (Baltic Sea) and Elbe (North Sea) estuary will be carried out by a group of scientists, government representatives and nature conservationists. Both estuaries suffer from climate change and human activities including dredging of the navigational channels, which causes sediment loss, turbidity, as well as the release of nutrient and contaminants. The project Blue_Estuaries will study the impacts of multiple stressors on food webs and nutrient cycles by combining field work, laboratory experiments and modeling. Stakeholder involvement will ensure knowledge transfer and development of the science based recommendations for sustainable development and use of estuarine systems. This project will contribute to the FONA3 research priorities in climate and coastal dynamics, food webs and biodiversity.

Funding period:

 11/2020 - 10/2023


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Coordinator: Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW)

Project partner:

  • University of Rostock
  • Helmholtz Centre hereon
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)
  • University of Hamburg
  • Ecologic Institute
  • Verein Jordsand
   associated: German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)




  • Project leader
    Prof. Dr. Maren Voß

    Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW)
    Seestraße 15
    18119 Rostock, Germany
    Phone: +49 (0) 381 5197 209


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