Operational Systems

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht evaluate COSYNA data. -image: HZG-

New Technologies

Coastal waters are changing everywhere. Increasing utilisation, severe weather events, “once in a century storms” and floods are on the rise. This increase brings new challenges for those living in coastal areas. In order to rise to these challenges, informed forecasts of future climate and coastal developments are required.

The foundation for creating these forecasts lies in a precise description of the current coastal conditions.

The New Technologies Department organises the development of new measurement systems and computer models, enabling scientists to study the coastal seas and their processes. The department coordinates cooperation with partners in research and industry and disseminates knowledge to interested parties and the public.

The objectives specifically include:

  • Managing the COSYNA coastal observation system. This encompasses developing measurement, analysis, and modelling methods as well as testing these methods. Data and maps are made available via internet. This information is disseminated to different target groups. COSYNA
  • Participation in development and implementation of a flexible, mobile measuring system for observation of extreme events and long-term trends in the framework of the MOSES (Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems) project of the Helmholtz Association. MOSES
  • Coordinating Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht research projects with global partners.
  • Processing and presentation of data and maps regarding the current state as well as short-term forecasts of the North Sea coastal waters (German Bight). Data, products, research results and scientific publications are made available via internet free of charge.
  • Development of an observing and modelling system by the New Technologies Department within the context of the “global coast” research focus. With this system, selected coastal regions around the world can be studied and compared. Global Coast
  • Ecosystem modelling for shelf seas and estuaries using unstructured meshes.
  • Communication to and interaction with data and information product users. Traditional print products, such as brochures and flyers, as well as innovative online-media, like a parallax website and the interactive COSYNA app have been developed to inform the public about research activities and results. A bi-directional information flow with users from different targets groups is facilitated, for example, through workshops and interviews.