The research project led by the Lower Saxony Institute for Historic Coastal Research (known as The Wadden Sea Archive or WASA, for short) will focus on a comprehensive archaeological, sedimentological, geochemical, geophysical and palaeoecological analysis of terrestrial sediment archives in the east Frisian sector of the Wadden Sea, combining existing and new acoustic survey and coring of sediments.
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Multiple sediment and geochronological analyses will result in reconstructions of the development and changing character of the coastal landscape in response to sea-level and climate change, and its potential for human settlement, over a 13,000-year period extending from the late-glacial period to the present-day.
The research team is a partnership with the Coastal Research Center of the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN), the Departments of Marine Research and Marine Sedimentology of the Senckenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven, Research Institute, and the Working Group on Geomorphology and Polar Research at the Institute of Geography, University of Bremen.
The scientific team includes Dr. Felix Bittman, Dr. Friederike Bungenstock and Dr Annette Siegmüller (Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research), Dr. Andreas Wurpts (NWLKN), Dr. Alexander Bartholomä and Dr. Achim Wehrmann (Senckenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven), and Prof. Dr. Bernd Zolitschka (University of Bremen).
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For the project website click here