An underwater glider prior to descent. In the background the research ship Ludwig Prandtl. -image: HZG-
Operational Systems and Coastal Ocean Dynamics
Our division Operational Systems is dedicated to observing the coastal ocean. We develope technologies as well as observing strategies and systems for long-term observations of coastal ocean dynamics ranging from physical to biogeochemical processes.
Our fields of research are e.g. submesoscale dynamics, the role of turbulence for local energy cascades, instabilities and mixing, the impact of windfarms construction, currents and waves, and atmospheric and oceanic boundary layer processes.
The scientific work of the divison is closely linked with stakeholder interactions and science communication.
The scientists of our division closely collaborate with the other two divisions of the Institute of Coastal Research as well as the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), and the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) in Topic 2 and Topic 4 of the joint Helmholtz program PACES.
The new Helmholtz observing infrastructure MOSES will help to understand the role of severe flood events for the coastal system - as part of an event chain reaching from atmosphere to vegetation and soil to the estuaries.