News from the KüNO consortium
Workshop on interdisciplinary collaboration: Interdisciplinary collaboration between social and natural scientists is imperative, but still often fails due to a lack of understanding for the other discipline and communication barriers. To improve collaboration, the online workshop 'Know how' meets 'know why' was held on 6 September, 2021. The workshop brought together information on research approaches and good examples of collaboration in coastal research. Intense discussions in small groups resulted in valuable suggestions for ongoing and future collaborations. For example, both disciplines should jointly define goals from the beginning and regularly exchange information. A detailed summary can be found here.
Sustainable fisheries management must take climate change into account: The cod stock in the western Baltic Sea has collapsed massively and recovery is unlikely. The reasons are fishing pressure and climate change. The solution to prevent the collapse of fish stocks is ecosystem-based fisheries management that takes environmental changes into account. Link to the German press release and link to the scientific paper.
TV report about SeaStore: On August 4 at 6:15 p.m., NDR will broadcast a report on the first planting of seagrass in the Baltic Sea, which was carried out as part of the SeaStore project in June 2021. Viewers will learn about the importance of seagrass as a CO2 reservoir and what questions the project is investigating. The report is in German. Link to the broadcast.
Intensive discussions in several workshops: In April, several meetings took place in which KüNO scientists exchanged views on their work topics. On 21 April, the project members working on transfer tasks met for the 1st meeting of the stakeholder working group, the next day early career researchers met for the 1st Young Scientists Workshop and on 28 April, a workshop on "Species traits & food web analyses in North and Baltic Seas" took place. The latter was also attended by numerous researchers from DAM projects to exchange views on the methods used and to identify opportunities for collaboration. All meetings will be held at regular intervals from now on.
How healthy is the Baltic Sea? An international research team with the participation of the University of Hamburg has developed an index that can be used to assess the condition of the Baltic Sea. This is to be used in the KüNO project balt_ADAPT. How this "Baltic Health Index" (BHI) works and what grade the Baltic Sea currently achieves, you can read here in the open access publication.
New online tool developed: Around the world, sea levels are rising due to climate change. This is often associated with the fate of people in far-flung regions. But what is the situation on our coasts? How much has sea level risen on the North Sea and Baltic Sea over the last 100 years? Is it rising faster and faster? And what will the future bring? These questions are answered by the newly developed sea level monitor taking into account current water level data. The complete press release with link to the Sea Level Monitor can be found here. The link to the Sea Level Monitor can be found here
KüNO Steering Committee consolidated: Shortly before Christmas, the new steering committee of KüNO III met for the first time. The coordinators of the 7 new projects discussed in a video conference how to foster future collaboration between the projects. A joint kick-off meeting in March as well as cross-cutting workshops and young scientists seminars were planned. Prof. Ulrich Bathmann (IOW), who has been involved in the KüNO network from the beginning, was elected as the first speaker of the steering committee. From October 2021, PD Dr. Jochen Hinkel (Global Climate Forum) will take over this task, followed by Prof. Ingrid Kröncke (Senckenberg am Meer) in the last project year.
Start of KüNO III: The third phase of KüNO starts with new projects, each with a duration of three years. The six new research consortia balt_ADAPT, BioWeb, BluEs, ECAS-BALTIC, MuSSeL and SeaStore will be linked by the umbrella project CoTrans and supported in the synthesis and transfer of project results. A joint kick-off meeting will be held on March 15 and 16, 2021. An overview of the projects with links to more information can be found here.
Are the big predators returning to the North Sea? The press release (in German) on the project launch of Bioweb can be found here.
How does the Baltic fishery survive without cod and herring? The press release (in German) on the project launch of balt_ADAPT can be found here. An interview (in German) with Prof. Christian Möllmann on the project launch here.
What do we know about climate, climate change and their impacts in northern Germany? The current state of research is summarized in a comprehensible way in the new handbook "Northern Germany in Climate Change", edited by Dr. Insa Meinke, head of the North German Coastal and Climate Office at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) and member of the KüNO consortium. The press release (in German) and the download link of the handbook can be found here.