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Time Lapse of the Sea

The North and Baltic Seas are habitats that are always changing over the course of time—such changes are also occurring even today. Currents, temperatures and winds change and with them the living conditions for sea animals and plants. To understand how intense this variability is and how it is triggered, researchers from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have run a sixty-year computer simulation for the first time for the North and Baltic Seas. The results are, in part, astonishing and not least vital in understanding the consequences of climate change. more

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Silent Eddy Hunters

Large regions with wind parks have been cropping up in the German North Sea for several years. The foundation structures work like gigantic mixing rods that swirl the tidal current. Using underwater gliders, researchers from the Institute of Coastal Research now measure the strength of the turbulence so that they can assess consequences of offshore wind energy development on biological and chemical processes in the sea. more

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Three elements in one sweep

Where does the sediment in the Wadden Sea and the silt in the harbour of Hamburg come from? How are pollutants in the environment distributed? Questions like these can, for example, be answered today though chemically analysing trace elements in sediment or water samples. These methods, however, are still often very time-consuming because the analysis samples must be processed with a great deal of effort. A HZG doctoral candidate, Tristan Zimmermann, has therefore developed a method that vastly speeds up sample preparation. His method will help ease everyday laboratory work for researchers all over the world. His endeavours have now been awarded a prize at a scientific conference. more

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Paleoclimate – Learning from the Past

The future lies in the past. This statement may sound technically incorrect or, at best, like a paradox. For some scientists it is, however, one hundred percent accurate. They investigate periods in the past to better understand the “here and now”. more

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Combined Ammonia and Shipping Emissions Favour Particulate Matter Formation Notably in Coastal Regions

Ammonia, mainly emitted in agriculture, increases the formation of certain particulate matter in the air, thus facilitating pollution in the coastal regions. Particle formation is especially efficient in combination with shipping emissions. One of the main sources of ammonia emissions is animal husbandry. Anna M. Backes and her colleagues in the Department of Chemistry Transport Modelling within the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have demonstrated in a model study that, by halving ammonia emissions, the notable concentration of particulate matter in parts of Europe is reduced by one quarter in winter. more

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Launch of New Ocean Observation Satellite Sentinel-3

A fresh view from above: The new observation satellite Sentinel-3. Scientists from the Department of Remote Sensing within the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have made considerable contributions to its development. more


KÜNO Coastal Summer School

The summer school “How to govern marine environment: Baltic sea and sediment services as a case study“ will give an interdisciplinary overview on topics related to the functioning of marine environments and their possible response to human impacts and their governance.
Location: Town of Lauenburg and on board of the RV "Elisabeth Mann Borgese"

Chemisch-Technischer Assistent (CTA) (m/w) oder Biologisch-Technischer Assistent (BTA) (m/w)

Date 11.07.2017
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

In unserem Institut für Küstenforschung / Abteilung Biogeochemie im Küstenmeer suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt - befristet auf zwei Jahre - einen Chemisch-Technischen Assistenten (CTA) (m/w) oder einen Biologisch-Technischen Assistenten (BTA) (m/w). Der Arbeitsort ist Geesthacht. more

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We invite you to follow us throughout our daily routine of coastal research, which is anything else but boring. Get an inside view of the researchers' work, the people and join them on field measurements, on events, in the lab and office. Blog postings are written in German or Englisch.

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