Kiel Marine Science

Coasts in Transition– Symposium in Berlin addresses challenges for coastal marine research

Feb 27, 2018


Küste im wandel

From 28th of February to the 2nd of March, leading coastal researchers met at the Environmental Forum in Berlin for the 2nd symposium "Coastal Research" with the focus "Coasts in Transition." The event supports the "MARE: N - Coastal Regions" agenda process developed by the BMBF, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and was organized by the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) with substantial participation from the KDM Strategy Group "Coast". Read more

Coasts and coastal seas connect land and ocean, and form a special and valuable habitat both for humans and numerous living organisms. The coastal area and the adjoining seas are increasingly under pressure on a global and regional level, in particular due to urbanization, pollution, industrial facilities and tourism. Moreover, climate change affects the coasts and coastal seas and is altering a unique ecosystem. Society, politics and research are therefore equally challenged to develop options for action toward a new direction in the protection and use of the coastal habitat.

The symposium offers a forum for German coastal marine researchers to present their research progress and future research needs for the research fields defined in the Altona Declaration and in MARE: N, and to further develop the strategic orientation of coastal marine research in consultation with stakeholders.

The symposium focuses primarily on three topics:
• Current and expected future environmental changes on the coasts and changes in their usage •Future research needs for the conservation and sustainable use of coastal waters
• Social and scientific constraints and challenges for coastal marine research

The program of the symposium was developed, in particular, by experts from German marine and coastal research institutions and universities, among them scientists from the research focus Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University. In addition to KMS Director Prof. Ralph Schneider (KDM Strategy Group Coast), Prof. Silja Klepp from the Geographical Institute, as co-speaker of the KDM Strategy Group Social Sciences, as well as Prof. Christian Winter and Dr. Klaus Schwarzer from the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University were involved in the scientific committee planning the symposium.

Information on the program is available here:

KMS contact person: Ralph Schneider


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