The Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas (COSYNA)


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Philipp.Fischer [ at ] awi.de

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The Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas (COSYNA) was established in order to better understand the complex interdisciplinary processes of northern seas and the arctic coasts in a changing environment. Particular focus is given to the German Bight in the North Sea as a prime example for a heavily used coastal area, and Svalbard as an example of an arctic coast that is under strong pressure due to global change. The automated observing and modelling system COSYNA is designed to monitor real time conditions, provide short-term forecasts and data products, and to assess the impact of anthropogenically induced change. Observations are carried out combining satellite and radar remote sensing with various in situ platforms. Novel sensors, instruments, and algorithms are developed to further improve the understanding of the interdisciplinary interactions between physics, biogeochemistry, and the ecology of coastal seas. New modelling and data assimilation techniques are used to integrate observations and models in a quasi-operational system providing descriptions and forecasts of key hydrographic variables. Data and data products are publically available free of charge and in real time. They are used by multiple interest groups in science, agencies, politics, industry, and the public.



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DOI 10.5194/os-2016-31

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Baschek, B. , Schroeder, F. , Brix, H. , Riethmüller, R. , Badewien, T. H. , Breitbach, G. , Brügge, B. , Colijn, F. , Doerffer, R. , Eschenbach, C. , Friedrich, J. , Fischer, P. , Garthe, S. , Horstmann, J. , Krasemann, H. , Metfies, K. , Merckelbach, L. , Ohle, N. , Petersen, W. , Pröfrock, D. , Röttgers, R. , Schlüter, M. , Schulz, J. , Schulz-Stellenfleth, J. , Stanev, E. , Winter, C. , Wirtz, K. , Wollschläger, J. , Zielinski, O. and Ziemer, F. (2017): The Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas (COSYNA) , Ocean Science, 13 , pp. 379-410 . doi: 10.5194/os-2016-31


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