Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is an independent research institution specializing in interdisciplinary study of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, our work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. IOW scientists consider the interactions between the Baltic Sea ecosystem and human activities. How are people influencing the Baltic Sea? Which trends in the sea's use have implications for its future? What are their consequences for the overall ecosystem? We provide science-based advice on coastal and marine management, including Marine Spatial Planning, to the EU Commission, international organizations (e.g. HELCOM, VASAB), national ministries, the public and other organizations.
Dr Holger Janßen, Scientist, since 2005 at Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Rostock/Germany, with research foci on Marine Spatial Planning, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and applied coastal and marine management. He is lecturer on Marine Spatial Planning at Neubrandenburg University, President of EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany (since 2010) and Advisory Board Member on Marine Spatial Planning for The Coastal and Marine Union, Leiden, Netherlands (since 2009). In this position he holds also a HELCOM observer status and frequently joins the HELCOM-VASAB MSP working group.
Kerstin Schiele is a geoecologist and she is interested in marine sciences, ecosystem analysis and environmental management. She studied at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Queensland. Since 2011, she has worked in the Biological department at the IOW and her research focus is on benthic community and habitat analysis and marine spatial planning in the Baltic Sea. Her expertise also comprises biotope classification and mapping as well as the implementation of European directives such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a vital tool for her work.