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Helmholtz Research Field: Earth and Environment

Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling

We aim at increasing understanding on how physical, biological, chemical and socio-economic processes are shaping complex coastal systems and drive variability and change of coastal systems.

Overarching goal is the identification of key drivers of variability through a combination of observations, mechanistic and statistical modelling and data analysis. Both, natural and anthropogenic drivers are addressed and the changes are analysed from a physical, ecological and socio-economic perspective to foster a holistic understanding of the coastal system.

Our research focuses on:

(1) atmosphere-ocean interactions,
(2) the dynamics and fluxes in the land-sea transition,
(3) the coupling of the marine hydrosphere and biosphere,
(4) the assessment of state, variability and long-term changes of the coastal system,
(5) human impacts to coastal system.

Coastal Climate and Regional Sea Level Changes Regional Land and Atmosphere Modeling Sediment Transport and Morphodynamics Matter Transport and Ecosystem Dynamics Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas Climate Extremes and Impacts Ecosystem Modeling Coastal and Climate Office for Nothern Germany Model-Driven Machine Learning for Climate and Earth Science
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