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Sensitivity Mapping North Sea: Partners and Objectives    
North Sea Sensitivity Mapping: Partners and Objectives
The Wadden Sea is an area of tidal flats and salt marshes located along the North Sea coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. It has enormous value as a cleansing site for North Sea water, as a nursery for juvenile fish, and as a feeding ground for many bird species. Due to the proximity of important shipping routes and harbours, this region would be especially threatened by and vulnerable to oil spills.

Thus, for oil spill response and prevention measures, a sensitivity study of the entire intertidal area was sorely needed in order to assess and minimize the potential ecological and economical impacts.

Based on comprehensive field surveys, and in close cooperation with the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, an automated expert-model for the German portion of the Wadden Sea was developed at the Institute for Coastal Research (GKSS-Research Centre). As an operational model, it will serve as an important instrument for decision-making processes, preventative measures and the further design of oil spill response strategies .

Sheltered tidal flats, salt marshes, and adjacent estuaries belong to the types of coast which are most sensitive to oil pollution. Since it is not possible to protect the entire German North Sea coast at all levels equally, oil spill contingency planning requires a more detailed classification.

Texts and some illustrations on these pages relevant to sensitivity mapping of the North Sea coasts were taken from the final report of the GKSS for this research topic.
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