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A system of hierarchical monitoring methods for assessing changes in the biological and physical state of intertidal areas


Project timeline
March 2002
36 months
February 2005
General Information
HIMOM will establish a prototype of a standard and validated set of hierarchically organized monitoring tools for shallow coastal waters and in particular estuaries, which enables local authorities and European agencies to compare the results of coastal monitoring programs. Depending on the level of methods, to be selected from the hierarchical toolbox, answers on different levels of complexity about the monitored area can be derived and compared. Pigments of the phythobenthos of intertidal flats play a key role in the proposed monitoring system. They are used as an index for biomass and biodiversity, because they are available everywhere during the vegetation period. Their regional and temporal variations will be used as an indicator of the system's response to human and natural interference (eutrophication, fisheries, dredging, flooding). Remote sensing expands the regional and temporal observation network, and algorithm development for interpretation of images from airplanes and satellites depend heavily on pigment information.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-EESD-2001, Sustainable marine ecosystem, Coastal processes monitoring (1.1.4.-3.3.3)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK3-CT-2001-00052
Co-ordinatorCarsten Brockmann Consult (D) (Scientific), Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE) (Financial)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Roland Doerffer, Institute for Coastal Research, KOF Phone: +49-4152-87 1580, Fax : +49-4152-87 1596
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Carsten Brockmann Consult (DE), Ministry of Transport Public Works and Water Management (NL), National University of Ireland (IE), Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NL), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL), Universidade de Lisboa (PT), University of St. Andrews (UK)

(completed February 2005)

Last Update: 18. May 2021