The Kiel Canal
Every year, about 30.000 – 35.000 cargo ships travel through the Kiel Canal. This makes it the most frequently used artificial waterway – in the world!
The canal, which is located in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, is connecting two unique ecosystems: the fully marine Wadden Sea in the west and the brackish Baltic Sea in the east.
On a length of about 100 km, the Kiel Canal itself has several interesting traits. For example, it has a strong salinity gradient from the east to the west and it is in a strong eutrophicated state. All in all, it is a perfect ecosystem to study macroalgal growth.
The publication: “Surveying seaweeds from the Ulvales and Fucales in the world’s most frequently used artificial waterway, the Kiel Canal”
Our latest study on the green algal diversity and the distribution of Fucoids in the Kiel Canal is now available with an open access at Botanica Marina. It gives new insights in the species distribution and morphological plasticity in relation to changing environmental factors.
Read the complete publication here.
More information on the publication:
Steinhagen, S., Karez, R. & Weinberger, F. (2018). Surveying seaweeds from the Ulvales and Fucales in the world’s most frequently used artificial waterway, the Kiel Canal. Botanica Marina, 62(1), pp. 51-61. doi:10.1515/bot-2018-0020
Dr. Sophie Steinhagen