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Assessment of potential for masking in marine mammals of the Antarctic exposed to underwater sound from airguns

The aim of this project was to determine the extent of the negative effects of the anthropogenic underwater sounds by isolating them. (further information)

ABR study on the potential impact of offshore wind turbine related sound on the sound detection of harbour porpoises in the North Sea

The aim of the study was to assess the potential masking effect of operational sounds of offshore wind turbines on the perception of important signals by the animal, especially potential communication signals of harbour porpoises. (more info

Acoustic harbour porpoise monitoring

Due to the arrangement of the federation- state marine program (Bund-Länder-Meeresprogramm (BLMP)), a program was agreed upon to conduct the corporate monitoring of marine mammals in January 2011. At this juncture the ITAW assumed acoustic studies for the NPV as part of corporate marine mammal monitoring within the scope of the BLMP. (more information)

 

Assessment of by-catch and health of harbour porpoises

The project´s aim was to obtain an exact survey of the number of harbour porpoises found dead or bycaught.(more info)

Attending ecological analysis at the offshore test area alpha ventus to evaluate the standard investigation concept of the BSH – StUKplus

In this project research was conducted to investigate and quantify the impact of the construction and operation of offshore wind farms on marine mammals. (more info

Cluster project: impact of underwater noise on marine vertebrates

An application-oriented research concerning a potential influence of anthropogenic noise on wildlife is conducted in this cluster. The aim of this study was to develop verifiable standards for the evaluation of the impact of underwater noise on marine wildlife.(more info)

Comparative study of longterm research projects and Environmental Impact Assessments to evaluate the environmental monitoring programme at the offshore test wind farm “alpha ventus” - marine mammals

Within Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of offshore wind farms, intensive studies in and around the planning area of potential sites are being conducted. (more info)  

Data analyses from Australian and German aerial surveys for Antarctic whales

This project analyses data from Australian and German aerial surveys in sea ice regions of the Southern Ocean. (more information)

Determination of Impact of the Construction Phase of the Wind Farms "Butendiek" and "Amrumbank West" in SCI "Sylter Außenriff" on Harbor Porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)

Harbor porpoises are displaced, especially during the driving phase of the windmill foundations, and are subjected to further disturbance expected during wind farm construction. (more information)

Density and distribution of cetaceans within the Antarctic pack ice

Information on distribution and density of cetaceans in Antarctic waters is limited. Especially the ice-covered parts of the Southern Ocean are poorly studied. (more info)

Developing serological test which detects lungworm infections of seals

Young seals in the North and Baltic Sea are frequently infected by lung nematodes which can threaten their health tremendously. (more info)

Establishment of a database for marine mammals

A database was developed which combines existing databases on post-mortem findings, incidental and planned sightings (more information)

FABENA; Investigation on the spacial planning of threatened species, part marine mammals

This project aims to integrate nature conservation into maritime spatial planning. In order fully understand the spatial claims of all three marine mammal species inhabiting German waters, a method of assessment will be developed.(more information)

Grey seal predation Schleswig-Holstein; comprehensive advanced investigations regarding grey seal predation on marine mammals in German waters

In this project the findings regarding grey seal predation, which were obtained in an earlier pilot study, shall be applied and extended. (more information)

Habitat suitability models for whales in the Northeast Atlantic

Habitat models (e.g. GAMs) were created for whale species which react sensitively to underwater noise, based on compiled sighting and environmental data. (more information)

Impact of anthropogenic stressors on the immune system of marine mammals

Little is known about the influence of anthropogenic stressors on the health status of marine mammals. (more information)

Innovative Tag-Design for Dolphin-Telemetrie

It was hypothesized that the hydrodynamic design of a tag could
provide stable attachment to the dorsal fin of dolphins. (more info

Investigations of the Impact of Offshore Wind Energy Installations on the Seabed and for the Reduction of Sound Emission in the Water

This project aims to develop models for the minimization of sound radiation under water. (more info)

Investigation of the advancement of HELCOM coreset health parameters for Baltic marine mammals

In order to assess and monitor the positive status of Baltic marine mammals, indicators for the determination of the good environmental status (GES) shall be developed further in the framework of HELCOM. (more information)

Investigations on health status and infection risk of seals in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea

Rescued harbor seals were examined to determine health status, emphasizing acquisition of zoonosis and infectious agent data. (Further information)

Investigations of the prevalence of minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) at the Doggerbank

The Doggerbank, the largest sandbank of the central North Sea, is an important habitat of the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), which is the most frequently occurring baleen whale species in the entire North Sea.(more information)

Investigations of stress in different mammals - pinnipeds (harbour and grey seals) and cattle

The permanent changes in the immediate environment of mammals by so-called “environmental stress” have become an important part in veterinary research.(more information)

Learning from the dolphin skin

Study of the potential drag-reducing properties of dolphin skin (more information

MINOS PLUS - Project 2

The general objective of MINOS plus was to gain basic knowledge with regard to possible impacts that the construction of offshore windmill-parks could have on the marine environment. (more information)

Monitoring and status assessment of marine mammals (Cluster 3)

Aim of the project is monitoring and status assessments of marine vertebrates.. (more information)

Monitoring the abundance of harbour porpoises and other small cetaceans in German waters

In this project aerial and ship surveys are conducted to estimate the German harbour porpoise population size and to investigate the relationship between occurrence of pelagic fish and porpoises. (more info)

Pilot Study about grey seal predation on marine mammals in the German North Sea

In this pilot study the newly recognised predation behaviour of grey seals will be examined and evaluated. (more information)

POD acoustic LKN, Acoustic harbour porpoise monitoring

The ITAW assumes the acoustic examination of harbour porpoises in the context of a conjoint marine mammal monitoring during this project (more information).

Potential impact of pingers (acoustic deterrent devices) in EU fisheries on harbour porpoises

Pathological examinations of whales and dolphins, bycaught in South African shark nets

Cetaceans are found regularly near South African coasts and are bycaught in anti shark nets in KwaZulu-Natal frequently. The aim of the project is to develop a necropsy protocol in order to record and document the animals´ health status. (more information)

Potential impact of sound on harbour porpoises

The anatomy and pathology of ears of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) coming from German and Danish waters of the North and Baltic Seas are being comprehensively investigated in this study (more information)

Seasonal habitat-based density models for harbour porpoises (subproject DEPONS)

The aim of this subproject within the DEPONS project (Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea; www.depons.au.dk), was to identify areas in the North Sea with high porpoise densities (more information)

Strengthening public awareness and outreach regarding marine mammal welfare, diseases and their zoonotic potential at the German coast

Wild animal welfare, their diseases and zoonotic potential have become an increasingly important issue among wildlife populations, health investigators and authorities of the German coastal environment. (more information)

Study of the Impact of Contaminants on the Thyroid and Immune System of Harbour Porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from the Northeast Atlantic

Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) occupy a top position in the marine food web. Therefore, they accumulate high levels of harmful chemicals such as organochlorides or heavy metals. (more info)

SCANS III; Survey for small cetacean in the North Sea, German contribution

The SCANS projects aim to acquire the abundance and distribution of small cetaceans in the North Sea and adjacent waters coordinately in regular intervals.  (more information)

Survey of the grey seal population in the Lower Saxonian Wadden Sea

The grey seal population and its distribution in the Lower Saxonian Wadden Sea was registered during the breeding season (more info)

Survey of the grey and common seal population within the range of Lower Saxonian/Hamburgian coastline and Wadden Sea-Survey April 2018

The project aims to count the grey seals and harbour seals occurring in the whole wadden sea of Lower Saxony and Hamburg in spring (April).   (more info)

The influence of morbilliviruses of the immunsystem of harbor seals

Morbillivirus infections are found consistently in marine mammals.(more info

Validation of Acoustic Exposure Limit in Harbor Porpoises for WTG Driving Sound

Construction of offshore wind turbine generators (WTGs) in the German North and Baltic Seas is accompanied by extensive noise input to the marine environment.In the aim of this project  a threshold value for the auditory tolerance of harbour porpoise should be astablished.(further information)

Visual recording of harbour porpoises during the construction of the offshore wind farm "Butendiek"

In this project harbour porpoises were to be recorded visually during the noise intensive construction phase of the future offshore wind farm "Butendiek". (more information)

Testing a distance assessment aid as a medium of environmental and conservation communication to promote desired behaviors on Helgoland with regards to seals

Visitors to the Helgoland dune are encouraged to keep a minimum distance of 30m to the grey seals. (more information)

Top space: Monitoring and status assessment of marine mammals

Aim of the project is monitoring and status assessments of marine vertebrates.. (more information)

Whale Monitoring in the Southern Ocean

The project "Whale Monitoring in the Southern Ocean" focusses on the collection of data relevant for management and protection of cetaceans. (more information)

Use of opportunistic sighting data of marine mammals for validation, comparison and enhancement of model predictions

The aim of the project was to investigate the extent to which opportunistic sightings can be used to confirm existing model predictions or even improve them. (further information)

Marine Debris in the North- and Baltic Seas: spatio-temporal distribution patterns and its occurrence in marine mammals

One of the major threats to marine environment is pollution. This involves especially the discharge of marine debris, such as plastic items. (more information)

Effects of underwater noise of offshore-windfarms on marine mammals; Underwater noise effects

The potential impacts of underwater noise on marine mammals are to be investigated in several work units during this project. (further information)

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