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COSA: Coastal Sands as Biocatalytical Filters

Type of Entry: Project
Website: http://www.iopan.gda.pl/projects/cosa/

Project description:

COSA improves sustainable use of coastal sandy sea floors by:

  1. quantifying filtration
  2. biogeochemical processes in coastal sands
  3. developing a model with predictive capabilities
  4. exchange of knowledge and technologies
  5. direct implementation of the results in coastal management concepts
  6. increasing awareness of public and policy makers.
Although sands cover ca 70% of the shelf and are important resources with high economical value, their role in the coastal cycles of matter has not been assessed, compromising proper management. COSA uses state of the art physical, biological and geochemical techniques and mathematical modelling to quantify the biocatalytical function of the sands. COSA end-user participants, two environmental agencies, implement the scientific conclusions into their coastal management concepts, and together with the scientists and an exploitation consultant company ensure dissemination to public and policy makers.
Keywords: Coastal erosion, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Tools and techniques for beach management
The major information about COSA project. (8.785 Bytes)
Contact: Professor Bo Barker Joergensen
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Dept. of Geochemistry
Flux Research Group
Celsiustrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Telephone: +49 421-2028602
Fax: + 49 42 1202 8690
E-Mail: bjoergen@mpi-bremen.de
Website: www.mpi-bremen.de
Partner: MPI Marine Microbiology, Department of Biogeochemistry (www.mpi-bremen.de)
Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (www.iopan.gda.pl)
Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Centre for Estuarine and Coastal Ecology (www.nioo.knaw.nl)
Alfred-Wegener Institut, Wadden Sea Station Sylt (www.awi-bremerhaven.de/BAH/sylt.html)
University of Copenhagen, Marine Biological Laboratory (www.mbl.ku.dk)
Nadmorski Park Krajobrazowy of Pomeranian Voivodship
see: www.hel.univ.gda.pl
Hel Marine Station (www.hel.univ.gda.pl)
Financed by: European Union