Operational Systems

Wave-current interaction at the Ellenbogen, island of Sylt, Germany. Photo: HZG/Jochen Horstmann

Radar Hydrography

The dynamics at the air-sea boundary are of major importance for various exchange processes between the ocean and the atmosphere. Ocean surface dynamics and near surface processes are investigated using in situ and remote sensing techniques. Our goal is to better understand the interaction between surface waves, currents and winds, which are major drivers of air-sea interactions. Our group develops and utilizes radar-based measuring techniques, which provide observations of the sea surface, simultaneously in space and time, and at scales from meters to hundreds of kilometers.