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Looking beneath the surface of the changing oceans: IOW supports successful deployment of new Argo Float sensors
As part of the DArgo2025 project, Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency coordinated the successful validation and deployment of new sensors on automated drifting buoys, so-called Argo floats. These sensors can now be deployed worldwide. In this context, the IOW evaluated novel nutrient sensors that were tested in the Baltic Sea. The project, which ended in December 2021, was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
» Read more … Looking beneath the surface of the changing oceans: IOW supports successful deployment of new Argo Float sensors
„Indecent“ witnesses: Using faecal lipids to reconstruct human population growth in the Baltic Sea region
What rivers carry into the Baltic Sea usually ends up in one of its deep basins. Geologists find so-called proxies in these deposits – evidence they use to reconstruct earlier environmental conditions. In a recently published study , Jérôme Kaiser from the IOW and Mathias Lerch from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research show that population development and wastewater history in the Baltic Sea region can also be reconstructed in this way – with the help of the remains of faeces!
» Read more … „Indecent“ witnesses: Using faecal lipids to reconstruct human population growth in the Baltic Sea region
Confirmed: If sewage sludge is applied to fields, microplastics can get into deeper soil layers and onto adjacent areas
The fact that sewage sludge from municipal waste water treatment plants contains a high proportion of microplastics has already been shown in earlier studies. It was suspected that the use of such sludge for fertilising fields could also promote the uncontrolled input of microplastics into the wider environment. Now, studies conducted as part of the project MicroCatch_Balt funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research confirm this assumption.
» Read more … Confirmed: If sewage sludge is applied to fields, microplastics can get into deeper soil layers and onto adjacent areas
Sea grass is no patent solution for climate change
Regenerating sea grass beds in coastal waters aims at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fight climate change. However, tropical sea grass beds can release more carbon dioxide than they absorb. This was shown in a study by an international research team led by biogeochemist Bryce Van Dam from the Helmholtz Centre Hereon, in which also scientists from the IOW participated.
» Read more … Sea grass is no patent solution for climate change
A Threat to the Baltic Sea? Long-term development of pollution by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread, highly toxic and often carcinogenic environmental pollutants. Marion Kanwischer from the IOW and her team have studied the long-term development of PAH pollution in the Baltic Sea. Although the overall contamination has eased in recent years, PAHs still pose a toxicological threat to the Baltic Sea. Traffic emissions are a major contributor to the current PAH pollution.
» Read more … A Threat to the Baltic Sea? Long-term development of pollution by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
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