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Helmholtz Research Field: Earth and Environment

Institute of Coastal Ocean Dynamics

An underwater glider prior to descent. In the background the research ship Ludwig Prandtl. -image: Hereon-

An underwater glider prior to descent. In the background the research ship Ludwig Prandtl. -image: Hereon-

The Institute of Coastal Ocean Dynamics 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 the new period IV of the Program-orientated funding (POF IV) in the joint Helmholtz program.

The 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 th