What does a view of the coast mean

Coast in view

The "Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas" (COSYNA) is an integrated observation and modeling system, which describes the environmental status of the coastal waters of the North Sea and Arctic operationally and synoptically. COSYNA provides data and data products that are intended to help authorities, business and the public to plan and process routine tasks, to react to emergencies and to evaluate trends. Scientific products and infrastructure are developed in COSYNA in order to expand our knowledge of the "global coast" and its regional characteristics.

COSYNA is coordinated by the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht and carried out jointly with many partners from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, universities, and state and federal authorities.

With the COSYNA system, marine monitoring gets a new dimension. COSYNA is a pre-operational system - compared to an experimental system. The central element is the integrated approach. Observations are combined with numerical modeling to reliably deliver quality-controlled data and model predictions. Data and products are used to answer scientific questions and to inform political decision-makers.

The observations include a variety of in-situ (on-site) methods as well as remote sensing from the coast using radar and from space via satellite. The core of the COSYNA observations is a standardized sensor package that is attached to stationary and mobile platforms. Physical, geochemical, biological and sediment key quantities are measured in the water column and the upper and lower boundary layers with high temporal resolution.