• A group od people at conference in an office.

    Partner Meeting in Tallin, Estonia

    The CONTRA project partners met on 01-02 Oct 19 in the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia. At the meeting, the partners exchanged views on the current state of project activities and discussed initial results. In order to estimate the impact of beach cleaning activities, a comparison of beach wrack samples, taken from selected managed and […]

  • A sandy garden surrounded by a fence in a city.

    Monitoring of Wrack Decomposition Starts in Rostock.

    It is vital that we gain an understanding of the important ecological role that beach wrack plays for nature and environmental protection, but also for coastal protection. We were very surprised how little is known about this in the Baltic Sea region. Above all, the role for the settlement and thus the consolidation of dunes […]

  • Two men are looking at a file of photos on a beach.

    How much beach wrack is tolerated on tourist beaches?

    This summer, the CONTRA partners have been conducting a questionnaire at resort beaches near the CONTRA case study sites to find out what people think about beach wrack. It is generally accepted that huge amounts of rotting and smelly algae/sea grass on resort beaches is unpleasant. But, very little is known about just how much […]

  • A top view of a shoreline.

    Monitoring beach wrack using infrared cameras

    Beach wrack monitoring at our two German sampling sites on the island of Poel and Kühlungsborn had valuable support from the Geodesy and Geoinformatics Department of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rostock. Two different drone systems, which were equipped with infrared cameras, were used in parallel to the standard […]