Institute of Coastal Research
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Operational Systems and Coastal Ocean Dynamics


Our division Operational Systems is dedicated to observing the coastal ocean. We develope technologies as well as observing strategies and systems for long-term observations of coastal ocean dynamics ranging from physical to biogeochemical processes.

Our fields of research are e.g. submesoscale dynamics, the role of turbulence for local energy cascades, instabilities and mixing, the impact of windfarms construction, currents and waves, and atmospheric and oceanic boundary layer processes.
The scientific work of the divison is closely linked with stakeholder interactions and science communication.

The scientists of our division closely collaborate with the other two divisions of the Institute of Coastal Research as well as the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), and the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) in Topic 2 and Topic 4 of the joint Helmholtz program PACES.
The new Helmholtz observing infrastructure MOSES will help to understand the role of severe flood events for the coastal system - as part of an event chain reaching from atmosphere to vegetation and soil to the estuaries.

Submesoscale Processes

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Processes in the submesoscale range significantly alter diverse large-scale budgets and play a key role in the ocean’s energy transfer, vertical transport, and mixing as well as in biological and biogeochemical processes.



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Prof. Dr. Burkard Baschek


Prof. Dr. Burkard Baschek

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1533
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Offshore Wind Farms

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The North Sea has experienced considerable increase in offshore wind farms development. This leads to considerable interaction between offshore wind farms and the environment. It also bears potential for conflicts with other users like fisheries.


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Dr. Jochen Horstmann


Dr. Jochen Horstmann

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1530
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Dr. Jeff Carpenter


Dr. Jeff Carpenter

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1546
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Air-Sea Interface

At every beach there is wind wave interaction.

The research of the role of surface waves, their influence on the near surface airflow dynamics as well as the research of wave current interaction are of importance for the understanding of the momentum exchange between atmosphere and ocean.


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Dr. Jochen Horstmann


Dr. Jochen Horstmann

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1530
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Optical Characteristics

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The interpretation of remote sensing data of the optically very complex coastal waters needs a precise knowledge of the optical-physical properties of natural waters and the single constituents (from pure water itself to phytoplankton, and dissolved and particulate organic matter).

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Dr. Rüdiger Röttgers


Dr. Rüdiger Röttgers

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1575
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Turbulence and Mixing

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Although ocean turbulence is a very small-scale motion in the ocean on the order of 1 cm, it has a crucial impact on the large-scale budgets of energy, momentum, and important scalars such as heat and nutrients and is responsible for driving ocean mixing.

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Dr. Jeff Carpenter


Dr. Jeff Carpenter

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1546
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COSYNA

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COSYNA (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas) is the integrated observing and modelling system for the North Sea and Arctic coastal waters. COSYNA provides withal data as well as knowledge tools for authorities, industry, and the public.

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Dr. Holger Brix


Dr. Holger Brix

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1523
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