18 – 29 September 2018 Hiddensee Island and on board of the RV „Elisabeth Mann Borgese“
Coastal dynamics – consequences for coastal protection and ecology
The coastal summer school 2018 will give an interdisciplinary overview from topics related to the geological development of the Baltic Sea and its natural coastal dynamics to coastal protection measures as well as biogeochemical processes and ecological characteristics of coastal habitats. Experienced geologists, engineers, biologists, physical oceanographers and authorities representatives will share their knowledge and teach students by providing state-of-the-art information and hands-on training during two intense weeks at Hiddensee island and on a daily cruise in the Baltic Sea on the research vessel Elisabeth Mann Borgese.
The coastal summer school will take place on the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, located west of Germany’s largest island, Rügen. Hiddensee is the perfect place to show various topics of the summer school: eroding sandy shorelines and cliffs, sediment transport and the deposition of sand and formation of sandbanks and spits. Due to these dynamical processes, a variety of historical as well as modern coastal protection measures can be found on the island such as dunes, dykes, sand fillings and sea walls. Moreover, Hiddensee is famous for a variety of valuable coastal habitats showing a great biodiversity. (Source: KÜNO Coastal Summer School)
The Summer School, initiated by Hans Burchard from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde, is realized in cooperation of some of the leading National Centres for coastal research in Germany: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Material and Coastal Research, MARUM, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde. They have been organizing a common annual summer school since 2002 in Sylt, Helgoland, Büsum and Warnemünde.