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Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)


The Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC) merges heterogeneous data of coastal and ocean observatories, ship campaigns, and numerical models pertinent to coastal zones. The data will be accessible for scientists and the public, and will seamlessly feed into national and international Earth System data networks.

Photo: Hereon

Coastal research at Hereon and at partner institutions generates data and information to enable and to facilitate research into and management of the coastal zone and its fascinating environment. HCDC is being created as a digital infrastructure to capture, process, archive and disseminate observation and model data, as well as for communicating research results of scientists in the Institute of Coastal Research and of partners.


Graphic: Hereon

The HCDC infrastructure is a comprehensive data and information structure that complies with general standards and thus ensures cooperation and workflows with other existing data centres and data structures of the Helmholtz Association, the German Alliance for Marine Research (DAM) and the NFDI4EARTH consortium in the national research data infrastructure. In cooperation with AWI’s O2A and GEOMAR’s OSIS data centres HCDC creates the Mare Hub, which will form in conjunction with the Hubs Atmo and Terra the data infrastructure of the HGF research area Earth and Environment and thus an essential part of NFDI4EARTH.

The existing portals coastMap, COSYNA and coastDat at the Institute for Coastal Research will be merged and HCDC will be scientifically and technically established as the regional node for coastal research.


COSYNA deals with scientific questions. Data and data products should thereby assist the governmental, economic and public sectors in planning and processing routine tasks and emergency strategies as well as in assessing trends.

coastMap coastMap

coastMap provides access to Hereon's data as well as data from its partner institutions. The focal points of the portal are measurement campaign data, model analyses and scientific topics that are explained in a comprehensible manner.

coastDat Coastdat

coastDat uses quasi-realistic numerical model systems to describe the meteorological-marine environment for regions where little data exists. Homogeneous, consistent model data (a few kilometres grid width, hourly data output over decades) are available. coastDat