Operational Systems
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Scheme of a FerryBox-System. -Image: HZG-

Integrated Coastal Observing Systems

The Integrated Coastal Observation Systems group has two objectives:

1.
The continuous observation of processes that influence the carbon and nutrient cycles in coastal regions.
This is achieved as part of the coastal observing system COSYNA in the North Sea mainly through continuous automated observations, at the surface through FerryBoxes and fixed stations, as well as using sea bottom measurements by underwater nodes.
Targeted field campaigns (such as within the framework of the MOSES project) in combination with computer model analyses and modern data analysis techniques (project Digital Earth) provide additional information.
These allow an extension beyond the area covered by the measurements and help to quantify the carbon and nitrogen budgets.

2.
The development of a carbon budget model for the North Sea as an exemplary coastal region.
A variety of data and results from existing local models are combined with computer networks to constrain uncertainties and variability. Once this model provides acceptable predictions in sufficient temporal and spatial resolution, an extension to other coastal areas as well as other topics (e.g. nutrient budgets) is foreseen. The aim is to provide information about the impact of global coastal areas on global budgets.