Wadden Sea Station Sylt

The AWI`s Wadden Sea Station in List on the island of Sylt is the northernmost research center in Germany. Located within walking distance of the Wadden Sea, it offers the ideal point of departure for research at sea, in the intertidal zone, or in the station`s own laboratories.

Roughly 45 persons work at the AWI`s facilities on Sylt: Scientists of the department Coastal Ecology and service staff members. In addition, visiting researchers from Germany and abroad engaged in fieldwork and laboratory tests stay at the station.

The station`s conference rooms are regularly used for scientific workshops and seminars. In addition, each year roughly 400 students visit the AWI on Sylt, taking part in one-week courses to deepen their understanding of the Wadden Sea ecosystem. The station is also home to the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence.

Emerged from a small field station for Oyster Research founded in 1924 the Wadden Sea Station Sylt can look back on a long history and proud research tradition as part of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland. Just like the AWI`s Helgoland site, on Sylt ecological time series are recorded, and the resultant data are made available to government offices, professional associations, and research institutes.

The station maintains a close collaboration with the Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt, which presents the results of AWI research efforts in its permanent exhibit and offers tours of the Wadden Sea Station.

Field Experiments

Field equipment
Sample preparation rooms
Sorting rooms

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Mesocosms

Simulation of ocean warming and acidification under various tidal conditions.
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Laboratories

Lab equipment
Thermocontrolled rooms

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