Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas
Scientists in the division of Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas investigate the origin, conversion and fate of chemical substances in the transition zone between land and sea. They concentrate on the interplay between human influence and natural variability in the material cycle of the coastal seas. A large range of efficient analytical instruments and the most modern laboratory infrastructure are available for examining air, water and sediment samples as well as biota from the marine environment.
The spectrum here includes heavy metals, nutrients and their isotope ratios as well as novel chemicals with particularly long lifespans. With the help of complex models, the researchers can make statements on emissions, transport and the whereabouts of these substances.
The results are integrated into the coastMap marine geoportal, which combines data on the physical, biogeochemical and biological properties of the seabed in the German Bight and provides a freely accessible scientific foundation for evaluating the condition and possible changes.