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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.


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Research into offshore wind power: Where the wind blows

Using satellite radar images, scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) are investigating how wind turbines in the German Bight are modifying the wind conditions in the surrounding area. Radar technology has shown these effects up to 70 kilometres behind the installations. Results that may be significant for the optimal siting and operation of future plants. more

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Understanding the North Sea

The marine Geoportal coastMap offers a wide range of scientific data and information about the North Sea for experts as well as for interested public. more

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The Artic in Transition

For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean. more


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

Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d)

Date 18.04.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

One scientific focus of the Institute of Coastal Research is the coastal observing system COSYNA (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas, for the systematic observation and modelling of the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and Arctic coastal waters. A major component is the automated underway FerryBox system ( mounted on ships of opportunity. The German Bight is a dynamic shelf sea region, influenced by outflow from the Elbe River, exchange with tidal mud flats and marshes within the Wadden Sea, and coastal processes acting on different time scales.

We are looking for a qualified and motivated scientist to investigate biogeochemical processes with focus on the carbon dynamic and budget in coastal areas and the coupling to physical processes. The successful applicant will analyse and assess data from FerryBoxes and research cruises and will use statistical methods as well as biogeochemical and ecosystem models in collaboration with other scientists.

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral position (m/f) in the area of Marine Biogeochemistry with preferred starting date on August 1, 2019. The position is limited to two years.
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany. more

Datenbankadministrator (m/w/d) am Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)

Date 12.04.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

In unserem Institut für Küstenforschung suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt - vorerst auf 2 Jahre befristet - einen Datenbankadministrator (m/w/d) für Oracle.

Ziel des Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC) ist die Schaffung einer zentralen digitalen Infrastruktur zur Erfassung, Verarbeitung, Langzeitarchivierung und Verbreitung von Forschungsdaten und -ergebnissen des Instituts für Küstenforschung und assoziierter Partner in der nationalen und internationalen Küstenforschung. Hierfür wird eine neue Abteilung am Institut für Küstenforschung etabliert. Sie werden als Teil des Teams die Datenbank für Near-Realtime Daten betreuen.
Der Arbeitsort ist Geesthacht. more

Data Scientist (m/w/d)

Date 08.04.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

In unserem Institut für Küstenforschung suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt - auf 3 Jahre befristet - einen Data Scientist (m/w/d) für unser Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC). Der Arbeitsort ist Geesthacht. more

PhD Position (m/f/d) in the area of Air-Sea lnteraction

Date 19.03.2019
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

We are looking for a highly motivated student to investigate energy and momentum exchange processes between the atmosphere and the ocean. Understanding and quantifying energy and scalar fluxes across the air-sea interface are crucial for a number of environmental challenges, including weather, climate and sea state forecasting. The Air-Sea lnteraction group at the Institute of Coastal Research conducts laboratory and field based research, using novel imaging techniques to investigate small-scale turbulent dynamics within the coupled atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers. Particular focus is given to ocean surface waves, and how they influence ocean-atmosphere interactions.

The place of employment is Geesthacht (Germany). more

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!

==> weblog Küstenforschung

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ESKP (Earth System Knowledge Platform) is the knowledge platform of the Research Field "Earth and Environment" of the Helmholtz Association and is supported by eight Helmholtz Centres.

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.

==> contributions of the Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht on ESKP