Role in RISC-KIT: The main tasks of BAW within RISC-KIT will be (i) collecting physical and socio-economic and cultural data on the Kiel Fjord area (with Ecologic); (ii) setting up CRAF and EWS at Kiel Fjord and performing a hindcast simulation of the historic storm surge event in August 1989 at the Kiel Fjord.
Description: The Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute is a governmental research institute that focuses on the fields of geotechnics, hydrodynamics and sediments of the German waterways. The main objective is consulting of the Federal Waterway Administration in questions concerning the impacts and the optimization of sediment management and the optimization of waterways for navigation.
Further the BAW acts as an independent expert during planning processes of constructive development of waterways. BAW transfers new insights and developments from fundamental research stage into the practise of engineering and serves as an interconnect between scientific organisations and reality. Activities of the Hamburg department of BAW are concentrated on the German estuaries of the North Sea and to the German coastal waterways of the Baltic Sea. BAW develops its knowledge in a sustainable, long term related way. This is done by adapting knowledge from research institutions and developing own software products for preparation, simulation and analysis and also doing field and laboratory research.
The work of BAW is an important contribution to ensuring that waterways in Germany meet ever tougher technical, economic and ecological demands. We have extensive expertise and experience in the field of waterways engineering and, as key players in the ongoing development of this discipline, enjoy a formidable reputation in the national and international scientific community.
Lead person: Guntram Seiss
Permanent research staff member of BAW since 1996 specialized in hydronumeric simulation of estuaries.