Senckenberg Research

Long term studies of North Sea fauna

Biodiversity studies undertaken in the North Sea area have a strong long term aspect. Because of the presence of a research station in Wilhelmshaven continuous sampling gets possible. This fact also allows a deeper understanding of the temporal dynamics and variability of faunal assemblages and makes time series analyses possible. Such approaches are of great significance for the detection of directed processes. In environmental and global change research it is critical to identify directed processes and distinguish them from stochastic variability. Such a distinction is only possible by the establishment of long term sampling stations. Thus, an important aspect of North Sea research undertaken by the Senckenberg Institute is the continuous sampling on established stations as well analysing the collected fauna. Besides this descriptive aspect and correlations with environmental factors as represented by biometeorological studies, the biology and ecology of dominant species of the German Bight is studied in order to understand changes and variations.

Large Projects in the framework of long term research allow the elaboration of a more complete image of the marine environment. Presently these are:

Marine Biometeorology in the German Bight (Plancton)

Time series Norderney

Time series Doggerbank