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The DFG Research Training Group "Baltic TRANSCOAST" – understanding the coastal ecocline

Baltic TRANSCOAST follows a comprehensive and innovative qualification plan to offer early stage researchers an excellent education in several fields in the marine and terrestrial sciences, advised by leading scientists. The PhD students will gain wide and inter-disciplinary expertise in coastal research.

Baltic TRANSCOAST investigates the hydrodynamic, (bio)geochemical and biological processes at the interface between land and sea. Globally, coastal zones are the regions that are most transformed and used by man. A fundamental understanding of flat coastal areas, which are characterised by intensive interactions between land and sea, is essential for developing sustainable management strategies.

Baltic TRANSCOAST addresses, in interdisciplinary research topics, the water and matter fluxes in and between a coastal peatland and the adjacent shallow sea as well as the interactions with the biota. Rostock as a research location is well suited for inter-disciplinary research because biologists, chemists, physicists and environmental scientists of three faculties of the University of Rostock as well as of the Leibniz institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) are working closely together.


Don, 26.01.17 - ab 13:00 Uhr Baltic TRANSCOAST Seminar

The next Baltic TRANSCOAST Seminar will be held on Thursday, 26 January 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Room 113, in the Albert-Einstein- Str. 21, 18059 Rostock. Notice: The date was postponed by one day from Wednesday to Thursday, 26 January 2017, starting... mehr

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Baltic TRANSCOAST at the AGU 2016 in San Francisco

Baltic TRANSCOAST Research Training Group funded by DFG is represented by Dr. Gerald Jurasinski at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

From December 12 until December 16, various research and funding organizations will offer insights in research and career opportunities in German geosciences. Furthermore, several special events such as an entertaining booth presentation of the “Best Failures” of ultimately successful German research projects and a DFG Leibniz Lecture combined with a German Social will provide networking opportunities for everyone who is interested in German research. more

Meet the following institutions at the joint “Research in Germany” booth, Moscone Center, Exhibit Hall, North Hall, Booth No. 1228, 1230, 1232, 1129, 1133:

  • Funding organizations: American Friends of the AvH, DAAD, DFG
  • Clusters of Excellence: CliSAP/CEN, MARUM, The Future Ocean - Kiel Marine Sciences
  • Non-university research institutions: GEOMAR, GFZ
  • Collaborative Research Centres and Priority Programmes: AquaDiva, Earth Shape, geo-Q, Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets, Our Way to Europe, Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems
  • Research Training Groups: Baltic TRANSCOAST, Urban Water Interfaces


will take place from 2 to 7 October in Askö Laboratory, Sweden. Askö Laboratory - a centre of marine research - belongs to Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre and is situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the archipelago of Trosa.

The participants as members of Baltic TRANSCOAST will develop a good understanding of the ecological and biochemical / microbial processes in coastal systems especially, in very shallow areas. Insight into major species occurring in the Baltic Sea (plants, macrophytes, benthic animals).

The University of Guelph is organizing a session

070 - Source, speciation, transformation and transport of C, N, and P from terrestrial to freshwater systems

Primary Convener: Ivan P. O’Halloran, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Ridgetown ON, Canada

Conveners: R. Paul Voroney,Yuki Audette, Katelyn A. Congreves, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada and Chris T. Parsons, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, Canada

for the ASLO 2017 meeting during February 26 to March 3 in Honolulu Hawaii. 

The abstract deadline is October 14th, 2016. Please see the link.

NDR Crew filming sampling (Photo: Baltic TRANSCOAST)

Scientists explore consequences of sea level rise

What happens to shallow coasts when the sea level rises? Scientists of 'Baltic TRANSCOAST' are on the trail of the consequences of climate change?

Forscher ergründen Folgen des Meeresanstiegs

Was passiert mit Flachküsten, wenn der Meeresspiegel ansteigt? Wissenschaftler des Rostocker Projekts "Baltic Transcoast" sind den Folgen des Klimawandels auf der Spur.


Prof. Dr. Lennartz and "Mercator-Fellow" Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (from left to right). Photo: Universität/Thomas Rahr

Cooperation with Excellence University of Waterloo, Canada, supports the research work on the German Baltic Sea

Kooperation mit kanadischer Exzellenz-Universität befördert Forschung an deutscher Ostseeküste


R-Workshop (Statistical Data Analysis) will be held from 1 to 3 June, 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. for 10 PhD Students of the DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST (RTG) and for 10 PhD Students of the Phosphorus Graduate School (PGS) ScienceCampus Rostock. Both sides Baltic TRANSCOAST and Phosphorus Graduate School strongly profit from this interdisciplinary cooperation.

For use in research of Baltic TRANSCOAST: The IOW-Workboat "Klaashahn" off the coast of the nature reserve "Hütelmoor". (Photo: IOW / M. Kreuzburg)

DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST is speeding up. More...

On Friday March 18th we had a very nice and very informative excursion to our study site the nature reserve "Heiligensee und Hütelmoor" (translates to something like "Saints Lake & Trembling Mire").

The volunteer ward of the reserve (Joachim Schmidt), the head of the forestry administration of the city of Rostock (Jörg Harmuth), and the responsible person for administrating the reserve at the forestry administration of the city of Rostock (Angelika Stoll) showed us around.  More...

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