The transformation of coastal ecosystems is frequently driven by humans in direct and indirect ways.
The “Ecosystem Modeling” department studies new hypotheses on key ecosystem processes related to this transformation and develops concepts for integrative and adaptive modeling. We conduct realistic, coupled physical-biological simulations of coastal ecosystems and develop scenarios for the impacts of climate change as well as for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems.
Our research focal points lie in biological adaptation, on planktonic organisms as the basis of the marine food chain, and on processes on the seabed.
The Ecosystem Modeling group (Photo: Wirtz/Hereon)