||In the field of basic marine research, Germany has a very efficient fleet of research vessels at its disposal. As universal platforms, the vessels facilitate research in all marine science disciplines and in the waters of all oceans.
This portal provides a platform for scientists working at publicly funded research institutions (universities, institutions of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, institutions of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association, institutes of the Max Planck Society, and subordinate federal authorities) to submit cruise proposals for the research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, POSEIDON, ALKOR, HEINCKE, and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE. Proposals for secondary use of RV POLARSTERN are accepted also from scientists who are employed at a research institution outside Germany. The decision on which research groups will be allocated access to the research vessels is made in the framework of an evaluation procedure based on scientific criteria.
The research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, POSEIDON, ALKOR, HEINCKE and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE were built to meet the specific demands of marine research. They are equipped for projects in the fields of biology, geology, geophysics, glaciology, geochemistry, oceanography, and meteorology, and their operating areas are as diverse as the field of marine research itself.
COSYNA data management is the link between observations, model results and data retrieval and usage. It organizes the data streams between observational and storage systems at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and partner sites, the data documentation and the user interfaces for data retrieval and presentation. Monitoring the actual status of the systems and subsequent pre-operational state reconstructions and forecasts requires fast transmission, automatic quality checks and data assimilation.
The integration of diverse data sources in terms of parameters, dimensionality and observation methods to gain a comprehensive view of the observations is achieved by describing the data in a generic way using metadata and by making all data available for different analyses and visualizations, interrelated and independent of data dimensionality.
The compliance with national and international standards or guidelines for data management and quality assurance ensures interoperability with other marine/coastal data centers regarding information sources, exchange of data, and metadata including data quality. This way, COSYNA is prepared to contribute to an European-wide network of coastal observatories. Together, meta, observational and model data will grow into a long-term searchable archive that can be used to detect patterns in the North Sea systemsʼ development over a broad range of temporal and spatial scales.
In the COSYNA data portal all routine data that are measured in COSYNA can be selected and displayed in combination with remote sensing and radar data.
COSYNA follows an open data policy for users from the scientific community, coastal managers or interested lay persons. The COSYNA data portal presents all COSYNA data and metadata in a comprehensive way. The user can select parameter, data sources, time range and presentation type (overlay raster map or time series diagram) and choose to either display or download the selected data. The actual data retrieval is controlled exclusively by the metadata.
The example depicts a combination of FerryBox data and MERIS data for chlorophyll.
All regularly measured data can be selected in the COSYNA data portal in combination with remote sensing and radar data. The example represented above illustrates a combination of FerryBox and MERIS data for chlorophyll.
Its aim is to provide sound scientific and independant information as a basis for decision makers of public authorities in charge of the implementation of environmental policies.
In cooperation with: Steinbeis Transfer Center for Geoinformatics Greifswald-Rostock