Scientists from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht are introducing a new data analysis method that enables more precise surface current estimates in the German Bight. The details will be published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. The work stems from a co-operation with the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Hamburg. This method particularly improves planning measures in the event of disasters.
To date, surface currents have essentially been analysed with mathematical models. Due to limited data availability, verification to which extent the models supplied correct results could seldom be achieved. That situation changed when the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht installed three of what are known as high-frequency radar instruments in the German Bight. These installations on Wangerooge and Sylt as well as in Büsum are part of the COSYNA measurement system. Read more