Sea and fjord: Six analyses containing new knowledge about the marine environment

15 August 2018

What are the consequences of emission of greenhouse gases and nutrients for the sea’s pH balance and the extent of deoxygenation? Will more aquatic plants reduce nitrogen in streams and yield a better water quality?

VELUX FONDEN has granted six concrete analysis projects to contribute to more solid knowledge for the management of the Danish marine environment

In the spring of 2018 VELUX FONDEN invited researchers, advisers and analysts to apply for grants for concrete analyses of the important consequences when decisions about the Danish marine environment are made.

Six analysis projects have received grants amounting in total to DKK 7.7 million. The projects have been granted to Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aarhus University, Aalborg University and DHI Gras.

The six different analyses projects contribute with new knowledge about how stressors such as nutrients, climate changes, invasive species and xenobiotic substances influence the Danish waters. Read more about the six analyses below.

Marine litter in the water column of the North Sea

Technical University of Denmark
Grant: DKK 1 million

This project will analyse existing litter from tests from the water column of the North Sea as to type, distribution and potential source. In addition, the analysis will constitute the set-up of a database.

Contact: Bastian Huwer, DTU Aqua

The pH balance of the sea - influenced by climate and nutrients

Aarhus University
Grant: DKK 1 million

This project will examine the combined effect of high levels of nutrients and the increasing acidification in the Danish marine environment to make it possible for the management to make use of the effect in the future.

Contact: Jacob Carstensen, Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience

Oxygen depletion - a joker in the management of the Danish marine environment

Aarhus University
Grant: DKK 1.5 million

This project will optimize the understanding and thus modelling and mapping of oxygen depletion in time and space, i.a. to provide new knowledge about oxygen depletion dynamics including the influence of the sea bed.

Contact: Jens Würgler Hansen, Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience

Anthropogenic Chemicals in North Jutland Coastline Sediments

Aalborg University
Grant: DKK 1.4 million

This project will examine if three groups of manmade chemicals can be found in the sediment around Hanstholm, Hirtshals, Frederikshavn, Skagen and Aalborg. In addition, the project will test a method to dam polluted sea water and use it for coastal preservation.

Contact: Lucia  Margheritini, Aalborg University, The Faculty of Engineering and Science


Danish coastal habitats mapped from space

Grant: DKK 1.4 million

Using state-of-the-art photo edition and new European satellite data this project will produce the first, completely updated map of the coastal habitats distribution in the Danish waters based on 10m free satellite data.

Contact: Lars Boye Hansen, DHI GRAS

Streams providing clean water to coastal areas

Aarhus University
Grant: DKK 1.4 million

This project will build new knowledge whether and to what extent the management of streams may lead to cleaner outlets to the coastal waters.

Contact: Tenna Riis, Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience

Five-year focus on a Danish marine environment in balance

The funds for the six analyses are part of VELUX FONDEN’s five-year focus on the Danish marine environment. The foundation also supports increased awareness of the sea, local projects by the Danish coasts and major transition initiatives.

VELUX FONDEN has allocated DKK 50 million each year to the Danish marine environment for a period of 5 years.

Five local projects for a healthier marine environment

VELUX FONDEN has granted DKK 4.6 million to support five local project across the country.

Environment – focusing on Danish sea areas

VELUX FONDEN wishes to contribute to a sustainable balance between the use and the conservation of marine resources.