ICBM - Messstation
Aug. 15 - 27, 2010, Wilhelmshaven
Oldenburg.12 young scientists from Italy, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Germany and the Netherlands currently take part in the international summerschool „Coastal Systems - BioGeoChemistry of Tidal Flats (BioGeoChemie des Watts)“ organized by the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg.
During the two week course at the ICBM‐Terramare in Wilhelmshaven, scientists of the ICBM impart the basics of Wadden Sea research in lectures and seminars. “The internationality of the summer school and the high commitment of the participants make clear how important the tidal flats are for the ecological relationships on the coasts worldwide”, says Professor Dr. Jürgen Rullkötter, head of the ICBM. He was glad that the summerschool at the ICBM contributes through its work to the communication of the latest scientific discoveries in this unique ecosystem.
Through all climate zones, the tidal flats belong to the most important ecological systems worldwide and they play an important part for biogeochemical cycles. The knowledge on ecological processes in the tidal flats is important to get information on the future of the coastal systems with regard to environmental changes. In the field, the young scientists were able to broaden their knowledge: they collected samples and analyzed these in the laboratories of the university. Excursions to the island of Spiekeroog and the Jade‐Weser‐Port completed the programme.