Required Biological and Environmental Conditions

The objective of artificial seagrass is the development of suitable conditions for the restoration and growth of natural seagrass. This work package aims to determine the hydrodynamic and ecological characteristics that favour and support the growth of Zostera marina as well as their natural variation.

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Dimensions for Artificial Seagrass

Observation of the environmental conditions on Work Package 3 provides a starting point towards the development of the Artificial Seagrass. Existing seagrass meadows in the area of interest are important sources of information regarding the environmental conditions needed for the seagrasses to grow and survive.

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ASG Performance

In the first year, hydrodynamic as well as morphodynamic measurements will be conducted using a commercially available artificial seagrass which will be installed in the Large Wave Flume. At the end of the project phase all data from the project partners will be compiled to produce an artificial seagrass prototype.

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SeaArt – Long term establishment of SEAgrass ecosystems through biodegradable ARTificial meadows

SeaArt in the News

Could artificial seagrass help protect Germany's coast?

Deutsche Welle's The Environment Magazine reports on SeaArt (01.09.2018).

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Moritz Thom and Raúl Villanueva are currently working on current-vegetation interaction with artificial elements in the flow channel. They take their measurements with PIV.

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Invitation and call for papers - AMK conference

Annual Conference of the Working Group "Geography of Seas and Coasts" (AMK) - Braunschweig, April 18 to 21, 2018

AMK Conference- Invitation, Call for Papers and online-registration

Project Meeting

The second SeaArt Project Meeting took place at the Forschungszentrum Küste in Hannover on May 9th, 2017.

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Our field season has started!

While spring just set in, we couldn’t wait to explore the suitability of yet another exciting field site. The Bay of Lübeck was our destination in the first half of March in order to identify feasible patchy eelgrass meadows with high exposure to waves.

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8th annual EcoMeetIng - „Ecology Meets Ingenieur“

The 8th annual EcoMeetIng („Ecology Meets Ingenieur“) took place in Hannover from 9 to 10 March. Organized at Forschungszentrum Küste by our project team member Moritz Thom, the 15 participants had the opportunity to visit the Large Wave Flume as well as further experimental facilities including a SeaArt pilot test at the race track of the Ludwig-Franzius-Institute. Matthias Goerres presented his work about ecological field conditions of seagrass patches within SeaArt (WP3) during the session on locally implemented projects. For additional details visit the conference website or take a look at our download section.

Uni will mit Plastik-Seegras Sturmfluten trotzen [German]

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