Operational Systems

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

New Technologies

The global climate is changing. 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. Developing measurement and analysis methods as well as testing these methods for operation in the ocean. COSYNA
  • Coordinating Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht research projects with global partners.
  • Supplying and supporting Internet servers for disseminating data, products, research results and scientific publications an d providing data to users from the scientific, administrative, political and public sectors.
  • 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
  • Communicating with users about data and scientific products with an emphasis on disseminating knowledge about methods of coastal research and results. This outreach is achieved through websites, other electronic media and through printed materials, such as brochures and flyers.