Global Changes and Extreme Phenomena in the Baltic Sea

10th Polish – German Seminar, 19 – 23 September 2007, Gdańsk, Poland

Organized by

Institute of Hydro-Engineering
Polish Academy of Sciences
Institute for Coastal Research
GKSS Research Center
Institute für Meereskunde

Sponsored by


09:00 – 16:45 scientific sessions
19:00 dinner
09:00 – 16:00 scientific sessions
17:00 – 19:00 tour in Gdańsk
09:00 – 17:00 scientific excursion – Malbork Castle and Vistula Spit

20.09.2007 (Thursday)

09:00 – 09:30


prof. Jürgen Sündermann – 30 years of German-Polish cooperation in coastal oceanography and engineering

09:30 – 11:00

session I

prof. Hans Burchard – The invisible extremes: the dynamics of Baltic Sea inflow events

dr Ralf Weiße – Wind, wave and storm surge hindcasts and scenarios related to coastal and offshore applications

Ms Ingeborg Nöhren, dr Kurt Duwe, Mr Klaus Pfeiffer, Mr Dirk Goldmann – Operational forecasting in the Ocean Monitoring System (OMS) – experiences and potentials for transfer to other regions

11:00 – 11:30

coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

session II

prof. Jan Harff – Late Quaternary climate variation of the North Atlantic – Baltic realm reflected in sediments from the Central Baltic Sea

prof. Martin Wahl – Direct and indirect impacts of global change on benthic communities

dr hab. Thomas Pohlmann – Simulation of larval and pollutant transport in a sea

13:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:30

session III

dr Hans-Jörg Isemer – BALTEX (Baltic Sea Experiment) – Objectives and achievements

dr Arno Behrens, dr Tarmo Soomere, dr Laura Tuom, Mr Jacob Woge Nielsen – Unusual wave conditions in the Baltic Proper and in the Gulf of Finland during windstorm Gudrun

Mr R. Osiński, prof. Jan Piechura, dr Jaromir Jakacki – Water circulation and mesoscale structures in the South Baltic Sea – results from measurements and numerical modelling



21.09.2007 (Friday)

09:00 – 10:00

session IV

prof. Hans von Storch – Assessment of climate change for the Baltic Sea Basin – summary and outlook

Mr Philip Lorenz, dr Daniela Jacob – Are water and energy cycles of the Baltic Sea Basin accelerating?

10:00 – 10:30

coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

session V

dr Barbara Swerpel, Mr Łukasz Paszke – Short-term prediction of extreme storms in the Baltic Sea

dr hab. Wojciech Sulisz, Mr Maciej Paprota, Ms Anna Reda – Freak waves in the Baltic Sea

Ms Gudrun Rosenhagen, Ms Ingrid Bork – The extreme storm surge at the German coast of the Baltic Sea in November 1872 – a reanalysis of the wind fields for coastal protection purposes

12:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

session VI

prof. Zygmunt Meyer, dr Małgorzata Pluta – Optimalisation of turbulent viscosity coefficient in model of vertical circulation for density stratified basin

dr Andrzej Pozlewicz – Effects of thermal pollution on aquatic environment of Lower Odra River

dr Małgorzata Robakiewicz – Influence of man-made discharges of water on environmental conditions in the Gulf of Gdańsk