Research Site 1: Algoa Bay (South Africa)

  • Dynamic oceanography owing to the regional weather system and proximity to the Agulhas Bank and Agulhas Current
  • Productive ecosystem
  • Variety of habitats—biodiversity hotspot
  • Vibrant socioeconomic environment
  • Complex scales of governance
  • Extensive data available

Research Site 2: Wadden Sea (Germany)

  • Intertidal zone in the south-eastern part of the North Sea
  • Largest tidal flat system in the world
  • Listed as UNESCO World Heritage
  • High diversity (10,000 species of flora & fauna, about 2,700 marine)
  • One of the most important bird migration sites in Europe