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Helmholtz Research Field: Earth and Environment

Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling

At the Institute for Coastal Systems Analysis and Modeling we reconstruct past environmental conditions and develop forecasting methods and future scenarios for coastal systems. We analyse how coastal systems change from physical, ecological and socio-economic perspectives with the goal to predict future changes and thereby create a scientific basis for a sustainable development and future-oriented coastal management. Based on our research, we support strategic and informed decision-making processes in the public and private sectors both methodologically and scientifically. In our work, we use coupled complex mechanistical models, statistical models and state-of-the-art AI methods.

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Predicting the future of cod

Hereon scientists develop new fisheries management planning tool - fewer stocks expected

Until now, fisheries have set catch levels a year in advance. Long-term influences such as changes in water temperatures are not taken into account. In an international project, researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon have now developed a computational model that for the first time can estimate the future of cod a full ten years in advance - taking into both account fishing and climate.

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Combating Marine Litter

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon categorizes innovative solutions for fighting pollution in the oceans

Marine litter is among the most urgent global pollution issues. Marine scientist Nikoleta Bellou and her team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon have published an overview study of solutions for prevention, monitoring, and removal in the renowned scientifically journal Nature Sustainability. They found that reducing ocean pollution requires more support, integration, and creative political decisiveness. News

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Are wind farms slowing each other down?

If offshore wind turbines are too numerous, they will produce less power. This should be considered when planning the wind farms.

More and more countries are promoting the expansion of wind farms at sea to support the transformation towards a carbon neutral energy production. However, if these offshore wind farms are set up close to each other, wind energy and hence electricity yield is reduced. News

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