Coastal Transition Zones under Natural and Human Pressures

Management Tools

Aerial view of container ship (Photo: Cameron Venti on Unsplash)

"A range of actors are challenged to manage impacts of coastal and marine pollution. The toolbox aims to predict those impacts by providing foresight analysis."

Our Management Tools provide usable information and options for action. Ready-to-use tools (i.e. web-applications or smartphone apps) grounded on evidence-based science, are available to those involved in planning and management of coastal and marine challenges.

urban Air Quality Forecast (AQF) Tool: Estimated air quality data for the City of Hamburg in Germany

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The urban AQF Tool displays forecasted air pollutant concentrations for the region of Hamburg in Northern Germany based on a complex model developed at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Geesthacht, Germany. The tool considers various gaseous pollutants and different pollution sources for largely populated urban areas with intense harbour activities. A 100m resolution estimation and different charts are calculated to allow for easy access of current day conditions. To make the data easily understandable, the pollutant concentrations are summarized in the hourly indicator, the air quality index (AQI). The index uses a rank ranging from 1 (good) to 6 (poor) for total air quality.

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Air pollution in harbour city (Photo: Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash)

This data collection provides a synthesis of current air quality issues in Hamburg and is intended to support action knowledge for decision-making. For detailed information on the air pollutants, pollution sources, the air quality index (AQI) and the usage of the tool, please visit the Storymap ‘Urban air pollution in Hamburg’.

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Energy Transition Management Tool: Supporting social negotiation processes in marine energy transitions

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Gas project construction site in rural coastal area of the case study (Photo: Marcus Lange/Hereon, UCC, 2015)

The approach developed in this study provides coastal planners with a management tool that captures perceptions and acceptance of local community members. This is particularly relevant in the energy transition toward developing low-emission technologies in the marine environment, where planners are often confronted with both positive and negative reactions from local communities.

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Drift Tool: Hind- and forecast for off-shore drift paths


The history of the investigated waterbody is very important for a factual interpretation of sample data that is gathered at specific stations or during special campaigns. With this tool, drift paths can be calculated on the basis of current fields in the hind- and forecast mode. Current fields are provided by the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

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Oil Drift Tool: Decision support in case of accidental oil spill


The deployment of chemical dispersants is an option to combat oil spills. An oil layer is dispersed into small oil droplets and mixed into the water column. You can see the probability that an oil spill enters the German Wadden Sea, depending on the location of the accident, and the optional application of chemical dispersants. The tool (Bayesian network) provides fast and automated output to support decision-making processes and management options for an accidential oil spill.

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Campaign Data Tool: Field app to standardize the collection of metadata

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Supporting automated processing of campaign data from the outset is a prerequisite for free access and realible flow of scientific data from the field to usable information.The Campaign Data Tool offers an opportunity to collect metadata and to store in-situ measurements using an electronic clipboard. In combination with external GPS devices, e.g. on board of ships, the Tool disposes high-accuracy in coordinates.

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