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Research Platform in Tesperhude at the Elbe

Aerial view of the jetty Tesperhude at the Elbe river where the measuring station will be installed
Photo: Hereon/Michael Streßer

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon is operating a floating research platform in Tesperhude at the Elbe because “the sea begins here”. Starting in summer 2022, the research platform provides continuous data about the water quality of the Elbe, which is made publicly available. Furthermore, the research platform can be used by interested people from science and industry. The set-up of the research platform is funded by European Regional Development Funds, the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon.

The research platform includes numerous measurement systems. These are providing continuous, high resolution and near real time data regarding different substances in the water (for example nutrients, suspended matter, microalgae, greenhouse gases and selected pollutants). These substances are then transported over the weir in Geesthacht into the Elbe estuary, where they determine the turnover of matter in the Port of Hamburg and further downstream until the adjacent North Sea.

Therefore, the collected data is interesting amongst others for the Port of Hamburg and the Wadden Sea National Park, in order to look ahead as well as to plan and act accordingly. The data can be accessed through the “Helmholtz Coastal Data Center“ (HCDC) in near real time, which is important in the case of extreme events, such as floods. Interested people from science and industry can use the data as well as the research platform itself, for example in order to develop and test aquatic methods and technologies in this environment.

Measurement System „FerryBox“
Dr. Jana Friedrich

Dr. Jana Friedrich

Dr. Jana Friedrich Aquatic Nutrient Cycles Department

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1891

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Institute of Carbon Cycles
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon