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.
The coastal summer school addresses advanced Master students, PhD students and young postdocs with a background in marine sciences such as geology, oceanography, biology, coastal engineering or coastal zone management. The language of the school is English.
Since 2002, the coastal summer school is annually realized in cooperation of some of the leading national centers for coastal research in Germany: Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers). In 2018 additional supporting partners are the University of Greifswald as well as the project “Coastal research in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.