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Heavy machinery

  Such large experiments are not possible without heavy machinery. First of all, there is the roughly 1000 horse power wave maker which enables us to produce our artificial storm floods. But we are also grateful for the two portal … Continue reading

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Taking care of the young

This project would not be possible without all the highly motivated young people in the team who do most of the counting and measuring and weeding and cutting. And while it is hard work, particularly in this heat, it is … Continue reading

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RESIST in the media

Into the second week of the experiments, we are slowly getting accustomed to having the plants in the flume and the number of photos we take of the setup each day has gone down to a manageable number. It seems … Continue reading

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More than scratching the surface

Besides the plant pallets on the raised platform, we also install a row of soil cores at the back of the flume each week. To do so, the FZK team especially designed¬† and built the steel ‘flower pots’ that take … Continue reading

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Upping the force

During the course of the week, we have been constantly increasing the wave conditions that our plants get exposed to: the last wave spectrum of the week finally also contained some waves that spectacularly broke and washed white water across … Continue reading

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Everything is SET in place

It has to be said, having the plants in the flume simply looks beautiful. And on the first day, when the water very slowly rose so as not to disturb the sediment surface while flooding the pallets, we could not … Continue reading

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Installation #1

It has been a busy Monday at GWK with the installation of the first set of plant pallets in the flume, last minute adjustments and the first reference measurements for plant and soil surface parameters. Of course everything took longer … Continue reading

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Sleeping beauty

It does not matter how well thought through everything was beforehand, the last few days before such a massive experiment end up being fairly hectic. The last cameras and calibrated boards arrived and had to be attached to the prepared … Continue reading

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Precious goods

It happened to be the hottest day of the year and warmest night since weather recordings just when our plants were loaded onto trucks and transported from NIOZ in Yerseke all the way to Hannover. NIOZ is the place where … Continue reading

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Imaginary friends

Air temperature in the flume peaked just in time for the science team to arrive for the trial run. The last instruments to be installed in the flume arrived and responsibilities and task allocations were discussed. And then we dedicated … Continue reading

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