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When the North Sea's circulation is reversed

Persistent easterly winds in spring 2018 reversed the circulation in the North Sea for more than a month, a study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Oldenburg and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht shows. The team is led by oceanographer Prof. Dr. Emil Stanev. more

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Relation between heavy precipitation and forest fires in California

The relations between heavy precipitation and forest fires in California are becoming clearer: an international team of researchers from the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG), the University of Hamburg and research institutions from the USA has published a study on this subject in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more

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Calculating the future of cod in the Barents Sea

Together with a Norwegian team of scientists, coastal researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht have developed a statistical procedure that can help predict future cod stocks in the Barents Sea. This new method could sustainably improve cod fishery management on longer time scales and has now been published in the journal PLoS ONE. more

Far More Than Just Sand

What role do dunes play as indicators of coastal shifts? They are an important parameter for climate models ... more

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The fate of plastic in the oceans

Experiment shows: microplastics aggregate with natural particles - new publication in the international journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.



4th Data Science Symposium

Addressing challenges in the context of Big Data requires data infrastructures and innovative data science methods across disciplines. Diverse activities within and outside HGF deal with these challenges. The series of Data Science Symposia fosters knowledge exchange and collaboration in the Earth and Environment research community.
Location: Geesthacht


„Our Climate - Our Future: Regional Perspectives on a Global Challenge“

The Helmholtz Climate Initiative „Regional Climate Change“ (REKLIM) takes the pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference „Our Climate - Our Future: Regional Perspectives on a Global Challenge“ which will be held from 23rd to 25th September 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d) In the area of Submesoscale Dynamics and Ocean Color

Date 04.06.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

One scientific focus of the Institute is the investigation of submesoscale dynamics. The remote sensing group at HZG uses infrared and spectral data obtained from satellites, aircrafts, a zeppelin, and drones as well as in situ water sampling enabling the study processes on scales of a few meters to kilometers and minutes to days. One aim is to gain reliable ocean color information from the diverse platforms in optically complex waters and link submesoscale physical processes with phytoplankton biomass dynamics (

We invite applications for a postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the research group Remote Sensing at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on September 1st, 2019. The position is limited to three years. The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

PhD Postition - In the area of Coastal Ocean Turbulence

Date 27.05.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

The Institute of Coastal Research is investigating the influence of offshore wind farm structures on the dynamics of coastal seas. The interaction of tidal and coastal currents with the offshore wind farm foundation structures creates anthropogenic sources of turbulence that contribute to additional mixing and transport of buoyancy that can affect stratification levels. Primarily through the use of Large Eddy Simulations (LES), the candidate will investigate this mixing process with the aim of producing a parameterisation suitable for use in larger scale regional models. The work will contribute to our understanding of the response to offshore wind farm development in the German region of the North Sea. The project may also involve the collection of field data.

We invite applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) in the area of Coastal Ocean Turbulence with preferred starting date on September 1, 2019. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Hamburg.
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

Blog Kuestenforschung

In our weblog you will find reports of our daily routine. About field campaigns, events, job offers, colleagues, publications, cooperation ... and much more. Most of the postings are in German language, but you will find also a lot of English postings.

If you ever wanted to know, what is behind "coastal research". We invite you to join us throughout our daily routine - anything but routine!

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The website vividly conveys knowledge on the central topics of natural hazards, climate change, pollutants and the effects of the energy turnaround on the environment in the form of scientific articles, interviews, video clips, science GIFs, information graphics and more. The range of expertise in the Research Area Earth and Environment allows complex topics to be examined from different perspectives and to be presented as a whole.

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