Ecosystem Based Modeling and Indication of Ecological Integrity in the German North Sea - Case Study Offshore Wind Parks

Journal Article

Title: Ecosystem Based Modeling and Indication of Ecological Integrity in the German North Sea - Case Study Offshore Wind Parks
Publication Date:
August 26, 2009
Journal: Ecological Indicators
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 168-174
Publisher: Elsevier
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Burkhard, B.; Opitz, S.; Lenhart, H.; Ahrendt, K.; Garthe, S.; Mendel, B.; Windhorst, W. (2009). Ecosystem Based Modeling and Indication of Ecological Integrity in the German North Sea - Case Study Offshore Wind Parks. Ecological Indicators, 11(1), 168-174.
Abstract: 

This paper discusses the importance of Integrated Coastal Zone management as it is applied to spatial concerns in managing offshore technologies. This method includes complex information on simulation models, GIS methods, and ecological integrity indicators that was applied to a case study in the German North Sea. It is here where there are plans to build large offshore wind farms. Ultimately, the goal was to model the environmental effects of altered sea patterns.

 

The ecological indicators were used to assess altering conditions and ecological shifts. Ecological indicators itself refers to the necessity to safeguard self-sustaining capability of ecosystems. The findings present that it is possible to establish new forms of anthropogenic impacts on the environment. However, the results did not show a consistent picture compared to the initial hypothesis.

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