marine fauna, marine flora and biodiversity
biodiversity as subject of our Citizen Science
Benthic ecology is a sub-discipline of the field of marine biology. Bethnic ecological issues are addressed in our research projects on citizen science cruises. Studies on marine fauna and flora as well as biodiversity are the subject of our Citizen Science projects. Here the focus is on the temporal and local variance of
species numbers, abundances and changes in the seas and oceans. This is citizen research as applied and living citizen science.
We promote scientific studies on marine fauna, marine flora and biodiversity.
insights into the exciting scientific
The biology of the sea or marine biology is both a sub-discipline of the scientific field of biology and a sub-discipline of oceanography. Marine biology also includes aspects from the field of ecology (benthic ecology) and examines life processes and creatures within marine environments.
As a citizen scientist, you can take part in our marine ecological projects and thus actively contribute towards marine protection. As a citizen scientist, gain insights into the exciting scientific world of benthic ecology.
Become a marine biologist
world of underwater science
The Census of Maritime Life is an international database with the stated aim of recording all marine life. Currently, there are over 32 million entries for 116,789 species. Worldwide, 2,700 Citizen Scientists from over 80 countries have participated in this marine census. Scientists estimate that about 240,000 species are currently known to exist in the ocean. The total marine biodiversity is estimated to be between one million and ten million species.
In this process, each new species is also cartographed by a Citizen Scientist. On average, a new marine species is discovered every day.
Join us in the exciting world of underwater science.
in the ocean
around twelve million tons of plastic
plastic waste in the ocean from polluted rivers
Every year, around twelve million tons of plastic end up in the oceans. The startup "Everwave" (formerly Pacific Garbage Screening) is conducting research into marine waste removal. The technological approaches are not just restricted to removing plastic waste already in the ocean. With the cooperation partner Berky, a boat specialist from Emsland and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), a flexible waste collection boat was constructed that was also designed to reach remote waste hotspots in the oceans.
The waste collection boat, named CollectiX, is already being used as a prototype. Everwave is also studying nets that can intercept waste in feeder rivers and is raising awareness in the affected countries about waste separation and waste prevention. Over 90 percent of the plastic waste in the ocean comes from just a few polluted rivers (including the Amazon, Congo, Niger, Nile, Yangtze and Mekong rivers).