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Huettel, M., Cook, P., Drazek, J. M., COSA participants. COSA: Coastal Sands as Biocatalytical Filters. In: Schernewski, G., Löser, N. (eds.). BaltCoast 2004 - Managing the Baltic Sea. Coastline Reports (2), pp. 149-154. 2004.


Marine coastal zones are of significant socio-economical value and have to cope with intensive use and material input from land, rivers and atmosphere. A thorough understanding of the processes governing the functioning and cycling of matter in these environments is essential to ensure their sustainable use. The EU-funded project COSA was initiated to assess the role of sandy sediments in the coastal cycles of matter, and is based on an interdisciplinary approach combining the complementary expertise of seven participating institutions. This presentation addresses the multilevel organization of the COSA project, which was designed to ensure optimal implementation of the scientific results into environmental and social objectives. Emphasis is placed on the ways of making the research understandable for public and policy makers. Publication and translation of the scientific results into a language understandable to the general audience and policy makers is fundamental for implementation of the results into environmental strategies and concepts, and critical to ensure the sustainable use of coastal environments. As political pressure by a large fraction of the society is one of the most efficient ways to influence decision makers and investors, the need for working out a common “language" seems to be at least  as weighty as the generation of scientific results and tools supporting the managers in making environmentally important decisions.

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