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The Residents of the North Sea Coast Fear more Storm Floods

“Climate change is the greatest danger on the North Sea coast”, according to 33% of the residents of the coast. This is one of the results of a current survey carried out by the GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht, an institute for coastal research, in 22 communities along the German North Sea coast. The current GKSS study ‘Homeland, Environment and Risk on the German North Sea Coast – the Coastal Region from the Perspective of the Population’ also makes it clear that those surveyed believed their home region to be unique and beautiful. more

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Keeping our sights on big breakers with radar

Scientists of the Geesthacht GKSS Research Centre have developed a radar system with which it is possible to study the behaviour of sea waves. This technology will be used immediately on the North Sea on the FINO3 research platform in order to determine the interactions between offshore wind power machines and swells. more

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Digital North German Climate Atlas now available online

The North German Climate Office Atlas of the GKSS-Research Centre in Geesthacht has developed a unique digital Online Atlas for future climate change in northern Germany. Decision makers and interested lay people can now get detailed information about the current state of research on climate change in the region using the internet. One of the numerous results from the Climate Atlas: Summer precipitation in northern Germany could decrease by as much as 40% by the end of the century. more


Research in the Nano-Realm

Transparent foils which are conductive and thus use sunlight for generation of energy. Hulls of ships, which no longer rust due to a nano-coating (nano-technology offers numerous surprising solutions for a variety of applications). The new Helmholtz-Group of Academic Talents ‘Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering’ deals intensively with the design and the development of new materials for industrial applications and, as part of the Geesthacht Institute for Polymer Research, the new group thus expands the research programme of the GKSS. more

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GKSS scientists refute argument of climate sceptics

Scientists at the GKSS Research Centre of Geesthacht and the University of Bern have investigated the frequency of warmer than average years between 1880 and 2006 for the first time. The result: the observed increase of warm years after 1990 is not a statistical accident. The results will now be published in the journal „Geophysical Research Letters“. more

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China and Germany: working together for the good of the coasts

During his trip to Europe, Prof. Dr. LU Yongxiang, Deputy President of the National People’s Congress of China and President of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), visited the GKSS research centre in Geesthacht on 11th December with a delegation. The activities of the Geesthacht coastal researchers drew particular attention during his visit. In future there should be suitable scientific cooperation invested in this more

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On the Trail of Polar Lows

Scientists from the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht have developed a mathematical method that enables a reconstruction of the occurrence of polar cyclones — so-called polar lows — in the North Atlantic. more

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Stirred, not struck — new riveting process from GKSS

Friction riveting, or FricRiveting, is the name of the new joining process developed by materials researcher Dr. Sergio Amancio of the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht. The new process is particularly suitable for joining plastics or plastic-metal composites. On the strength of his research work, the young materials scientist received the prize donated by the Nordmetall-Stiftung for the best doctoral thesis in 2007 at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. more

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Hamburg’s citizens regard climate change as a great threat

61 per cent of Hamburg’s citizens believe climate change to be a great, or very great threat to the city, citing storm surges and flooding as possible climate-related natural disasters. This is the result of the forsa Study, which was commissioned by the scientists from the GKSS-Research Centre in Geesthacht. more

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Palaeoclimate: Linking events across a key climate transition

The Earth experienced a dramatic climate transition some 34 million years ago, when the Antarctic underwent extraordinarily rapid glaciation. A paper in this week's Nature looks into the connection between this glaciation and a deepening of the calcite compensation depth — the ocean depth at which the rate of calcium carbonate input from surface waters equals the rate of dissolution.
Agostino Merico and colleagues used a global model to test competing ideas put forward to explain the events triggering the climate transition. more

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Oil spill in the Wadden Sea! Which areas are especially at risk?

Germany’s Wadden Sea is a unique and very sensitive ecosystem that would be severely impacted by a serious shipping accident. That’s why it’s important for response teams to be able to react quickly and effectively to accidents that could cause widespread pollution. To make this possible, comprehensive precautionary measures need to be planned in advance.

Thanks to its extensive precautionary planning activities, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) in Cuxhaven can quickly identify which areas of the Wadden Sea should get top-priority protection following an accident. To do so, the CCME uses an operational system developed by the Institute for Coastal Research at the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht. This system has now been upgraded and given the designation "Sensitivity Grid German North Sea II". more