Sea and ocean pollution
growing challenge for our society
The pollution of the oceans and over-fertilization of the seas represent growing challenges for our society these days. Marine pollution impacts on biodiversity, fish numbers, plankton masses, water quality, water turbidity, salinity, foraging cycles, aquatic plants and sedimentation.
The erosion of certain stretches of beach and the simultaneous silting up of fertile soil near to coastlines is also increasing worldwide. Our Citizen Science research projects examine these environmental protection-relevant phenomena and contribute towards answering the scientific questions arising from them. Become a citizen scientist and do your research with us!
protecting the marine ecosystem.
global effects of environmental pollution
The spectrum of our citizen research projects ranges from marine ecology, the counting of unicellular microorganisms (plankton), to the investigation of the global effects of environmental and marine pollution as a result of the negative influence of human activities.
As one example, our Citizen Scientists are surveying a specific localized population of fish to identify their numbers and collect their marine habitat data. Citizen Science is helping to make a meaningful contribution towards protecting the marine ecosystem.
increasing water pollution in the oceans
water pollution is affecting biodiversity
The research work of our citizen scientists also takes place in the laboratories on board. Under the supervision of our professional scientists, we analyse air and water samples taken by the citizen scientists or, depending on the research project, measure salt content, microorganisms, water bacteria or algal densities, among other things.
Water microphones for measuring the number of certain large fish can also be used to infer how increasing water pollution in the oceans is affecting biodiversity. In addition, underwater drones, diving robots, and a special water scoop can be called upon by our researchers.
preserve and protect our planet
importance of marine ecosystems
Another important task of our citizen scientists is raising public awareness to topics relevant for environmental protection. Citizen science performs public relations work to help preserve and protect our planet. Our researchers hold lectures and seminars both on board and on shore to educate the general public about the importance of marine ecosystems, environmental issues, and climate protection. Become a part of our citizen science initiative!