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Unit Coastal Sea: Management and Planning

Research Fields

Human activities, interventions and measures in coastal and marine systems: Objective is to understand how the coastal and marine systems are influenced by human measures and interventions, to give advice how to minimize negative impacts and pressures on the ecosystem. The aim is to maintain major ecosystem services and to support a sustainable planning and management.

Implementation of marine and coastal policy: National and international environmental policy is an important challenge for science. We provide a sound scientific basis for the implementation of coastal and marine policies.

Regional Change – impacts, response and adaptation: Climate Change, increasing pressure by human activities, as well as land-use changes in the river basins directly and indirectly affect coastal and marine systems. Our assessment of future changes and their consequences on coastal and marine ecosystems provides the scientific basis for adaptation measures and provokes a future oriented management and planning.

Our research is focused on applied research driven by societal and political demands and in close co-operation with end-users and stakeholders. The multi-disciplinary approach maintains close co-operations with social, economic and engineering sciences as well as NGO’s and private enterprises. The focus is to ensure synergies and gain mutual benefits of scientific progress and practical experience. A thematic flexibility and a fast response to new challenges characterizes our work, which largely relies on external funding.

Coastal and Marine Management - a modular online course: The online-learning portal at Rostock University ‘Offene Universität Rostock’ provides information for external persons interested in the course, the Learning Management System (Ilias) at Rostock University contains a full documentation of the entire e-learning course and its applications, including links to the CMM-online text module website and a multiple choice test, and the YouTube-channel of Rostock University reflects all available e-lectures.

Research areas and contact persons

       Ute Fensky
       Tel: +49 (381) 5197 101
       Fax: +49 (381) 5197 105