Institute for Coastal Research
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Flooded "Fischmarkt" in Hamburg after storm "Xaver" 2013 (Photo: Sabine Billerbeck)

System Analysis and Modelling

The division System Analysis and Modelling investigates the dynamics of coastal systems on various timescales and identifies key drivers of its variability, both natural and anthropogenic. This is achieved through the development and application of mechanistic and statistical models combined with analysis of observational data sets. The atmosphere, the coastal ocean, the sea floor, the intertidal areas and estuaries are all closely linked, and require a holistic understanding of its dynamics. The research unit addresses this challenge from physical, ecological and socio-economic perspectives.

A key focus of the research unit are climate induced variations of coastal systems on time scales of several decades and longer. We have successfully devoted significant efforts into the reconstruction of high resolution coastal climate information. Another focus of the research unit is the development of innovative tools in the field of pre-operational oceanographic modelling. In this field, we closely collaborate with operational service providers, both nationally and internationally.

The results of our research are actively channeled to societal actors providing methodological and scientific support for strategic informed decision-making processes in the public and private sectors. One central element and product of our activity is coastDat, a model database for assessing long-term changes in coastal systems, which is intensively used by the scientific community, and the public and private sectors.

Time Lapse of the Sea

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A sixty-year computer simulation for the North and Baltic Seas brought results, which are vital in understanding the consequences of climate change.

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Scientist "Matter transport and ecosystem dynamics"


Dr. Ute Daewel

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2821
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-42821
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Director "System Analysis and Modelling"
Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum


Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1833
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2832
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coastDat

coastDat

The approach of coastDat is to use quasi-realistic numerical model systems to describe the meteo-marine environment in data sparse regions.

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Scientist "Regional Atmospheric Modelling"


Dr. Beate Geyer

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1871
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-41871
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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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Director "System Analysis and Modelling"
Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum


Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1833
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2832
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Long term variability

long term variability

Analyses on long-term historical, recent and future changes of the land-ocean system brought about by climate variations and other drivers of societal relevance as well as the impact of these changes.

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Head of Department "Coastal Impacts and Paleoclimate"
Dr. Birgit Hünicke


Dr. Birgit Hünicke

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1883
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2818
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Senior Scientist "Coastal Impacts and Paleoclimate"
Dr. Eduardo Zorita


Dr. Eduardo Zorita

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1856
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2818
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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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Model coupling

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In climate research and forecasting activities, advanced models are needed, which consider regional and local air-sea interaction.

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Head of Department "Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation"


Dr. Joanna Staneva

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1804
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-41804
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