For marine and coastal researchers the behaviour of seabirds is an important indicator of changes in the marine environment. Equipped with tracking devices on their feathers, seabirds provide important data from which researchers can draw conclusions about the effects of offshore wind farms in the northern Wadden Sea. The transmitters send their data at regular intervals via mobile radio network to a database, from which the researchers can follow flight routes in real time.
The measurements serve not only for basic research, but also provide a framework for policy recommendations for coastal protection. At the same time, the feeding areas of seabirds are measured hydroacoustically. With the new research catamaran of the FTZ (Research and Technology Centre) in Büsum, data from the shallow water habitats in the North Sea can also be collected in the future.
Degree of documentation
Very well documented