The program consists of three sessions, that each start with a general introduction of 15 min and is followed by three shorter presentations of 5 min and closed with a discussion.
Welcome and introduction by Katja Philippart
Session 1: Ecological feed-back mechanisms
Katja Philippart: moderator
Intro by Tjisse van der Heide (RUG/NIOZ): Why do we need knowledge about ecological feedback mechanisms for an adaptive management of the Wadden Sea?
- Why do plant-sediment interactions in salt marshes affect ecosystem services? (Ketil Koop-Jakobsen; AWI)
- Why are plant-mediated feedbacks relevant for landscape formation? (Valerie Reijers; NIOZ/UU)
- Why do we have to consider various phases of the life-cycle? (Muriel Bruckner; UU)
Discussion about session 1
Session 2: Ecosystem engineering
Lies van Nieuwerburgh: moderator
Intro by Tjeerd Bouma (UU/NIOZ): Why do we need knowledge about ecosystem engineering for an adaptive management of the Wadden Sea?
- Why are we doing a large-scale experiment on salt marsh construction in the Marconi project? (Martin Baptist; WMR)
- Why do we need to create a window of opportunity for the establishment of mussel beds? (Jacob Capelle; WMR)
- Why can ecological engineering serve in coastal protection? (Bas Borsje; UT)
Discussion about session 2
Session 3: Role of modelling in exploring impacts of environmental change
Martin Baptist: moderator
Intro by Peter Herman (Deltares/TUD): Why do we need models for exploring future impacts of environmental change on the interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in the Wadden Sea?
- Why do hydrodynamic models have to include the characteristics of seagrass meadows? (Jasper Dijkstra, Deltares)
- Why should governmental organisations be aware of interactions between abiotic and biotic factors in their coastal shallow waters? (Cor Schipper; RWS)
Discussion about session 3
Closing by Martin Baptist