In the Wadden Sea, hundreds of samples will be taken from the seabed over the next period to see how things have been done underwater.
From a ship, small snacks from the bottom spread all over the sea. These samples are twenty to thirty centimeters, writes RTV Noord. At the same time, the seabed is mapped with a 3D scanner.
All these data are analyzed on the shore to get a picture of the underwater landscape, the composition of the soil and the organisms that live on and on the seabed. Researchers also want to clarify what the relationship between plants and animals is.
In addition to mapping the soil, the researchers also experimented with the restoration of nature underwater. They will try different methods to see what works best.
For example, part of the area is closed for bottom fishing to see what effect this is. And in another experience, we will look at what happens when shellfish and marine fields are restored.
The study called "Wadden Mosaic" is conducted by the University of Groningen (RUG), Natuurmonumenten and the Royal Dutch Marine Research Institute (NIOZ).
According to the researchers, little is known about the bottom of the Vanished Sea, and this is the first time this is mapped in this way. Samples from the seabed will be taken over the next seven weeks.
The project continues until 2022. It is part of a wider program that addresses measures in areas such as fish migration, restoration of underwater wildlife and bird habitats.