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First full-coverage underwater biotope map of the German Baltic Sea developed at IOW

An IOW research team has generated the first map that provides a full-coverage description of the underwater biotopes of the German Baltic Sea and the German EEZ by combining information about species communities with information about abiotic habitat traits.


Gone with the wind: A new project focusses on atmospheric input of phosphorus into the Baltic Sea

In August, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) received the funding approval from the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) referring to a two-year pilot study on the atmospheric input of phosphorus in the Southern Baltic Sea. The project started with the beginning of September.


Research on oxygen minimum zones: International team of experts develops white paper

From August 30 to September 1, 2015, the IOW hosts a workshop of high-ranking international experts from the SCOR working group “Microbial Community Reponses to Ocean Deoxygenation”. The workshop aims at developing guide lines, which provide an orientation for researchers worldwide to standardize and optimize their work on OMZ.


Time travel into the past of marginal seas: IOW expedition explores Canadian coastal waters

Why and how have coastal waters undergone environmental changes during the last dec-ades and centuries? Is it possible to distinguish between natural processes and anthropo-genic influences that drive these changes? These questions are guiding the current IOW expedition of the research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.


First comprehensive microplastic survey in the Baltic Sea underway

On August 17, an IOW team headed out on the research vessel POSEIDON for a survey of microplastic in the Baltic Sea that includes up to 50 sampling stations.


Gotcha! Microbial “methane eaters” use gas bubbles to rise from the seafloor into the water column

Novel bubble catcher provides proof of a so far unknown transport process, with potential implications for the reduction of the greenhouse gas methane in the marine environment


Cold „Hotspots“: METEOR expedition takes a close look at upwelling zones in the Baltic Sea

On July 23, the METEOR set to sea for her second big research cruise this year. Under IOW lead the German research vessel will spend the first month in the Baltic Sea, where the research will focus on biochemical processes of upwelling zones.


BaltCoast: New European project aims at the development of integrated approaches between exploiting and protecting the Baltic Sea

BaltCoast gathers partners from seven Baltic Sea countries looking for new action strategies for politicians and authorities. A first meeting on April 12 – 15, 2015, at the IOW will bring together 30 scientists.


Research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE starts for the 100th cruise

Almost four years ago, the IOW commissioned the new research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE. Now it will set off for its 100th research cruise.


Oxygen arrived at the bottom of the Central Baltic Sea

Two and a half months after oxygen rich North Sea water entered the Baltic Sea, IOW scientists measure its effect in the Gotland Basin.