Institute of Coastal Research
Elbe Hamburg

Nitrogen Cycle in Coastal Waters

Nitrogen compounds are an important factor in the production of algal biomass. The team led by biologist Kirstin Dähnke from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht has been carrying out extensive Elbe nitrogen measurements for this reason. more

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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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Ocean Sciences Meeting

The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) convenes every two years and provides a venue for international scientists, students, government representatives and industry practitioners to exchange information via oral presentations and poster sessions.
Location: Portland, Oregon (USA)
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Scientist (m/f) in Ocean modelling and data analysis

Date 08.01.2018
Institute Institute of Coastal Research
Location Geesthacht

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated and experienced researchers in the field of numerical modelling of regional and coastal circulation, surface waves, sediment transport, biogeochemistry, data assimilation and remote sensing. Within the frame of the EU-funded projects, Wave2NEMO and CEASLESS coastal modelling activities are carried out. They are parallel with demonstrations on how the new satellite data (e.g. from Sentinel), together with state of the art modelling can be used to further support the regional and coastal oceanography. In cooperation with internationally recognized institutions in Europe, new methodologies will be developed and further introduced into coupled model suites (wind-wave-surge-current interplay) that will produce new standards for coastal models and data analyses. more