Short name: 52°N
Contact name: Dr. Simon Jirka
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The 52°North GmbH has been founded in 2006 as a German company limited by shares (“Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung – GmbH”). Shareholders with the indicated shares are the University of Münster (Münster, Germany) – 26%, the University of Twente (Twente, The Netherlands) – 26%, Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. – Esri (Redlands, California, USA) – 24%, and con terra GmbH (Münster, Germany) – 24%. 52°North acts as a non-profit organization based on its shareholder’s agreement. Shareholders receive neither profit shares nor other payments from company funds.

52°North coordinates activities of partners from research, industry, and public administration. Its mission is to foster the development of new concepts and technologies in Geoinformatics, in particular Sensor Web, Web-based Geoprocessing, Earth Observation, and Metadata. The company has a long and outstanding record in the Geo-IT domain and is significantly contributing to the development of international standards. For example, 52°North is involved in the OGC and in the advancement of the INSPIRE directive. A pro-active innovation strategy is a central element of 52°North’s activities. This becomes manifest in European and national research projects as well as the company’s involvement in OGC Testbeds. This is complemented by consulting and software development projects helping customers to integrate up-to-date technological developments into their operational infrastructures. 52°North focuses on the development of open-source software to promote the use of its developments and to motivate external developers to contribute to the advancement of 52°North software. 52°North Sensor Web implementations are used by many parties in domains such as oceanography, hydrology and environmental monitoring. Whenever possible, all software developed by 52°North is put under an open-source license.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

The activities of 52N will especially be focused on WP7. In this context, 52°North will work on the advancement of Sensor Web components such as the SensorML editor smle, the Helgoland Sensor Web Viewer and data access services based on the OGC SWE standards.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

SeaDataCloud: Within this H2020 project, the aim is to advance the SeaDataNet infrastructure for managing large and diverse ocean observation data sets by adopting cloud and high-performance computing technology. The role of 52°North in this project comprises upstream components (i.e. SWE-based ingestion of near-real-time data streams) as well as the visualisation of observation data.

BRIDGES (Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services): Within this H2020 project 52°North contributes by developing an interoperable Sensor Web architecture that facilitates the operation of gliders collecting marine observation data.

ODIP II (Ocean Data Interoperability Platform, Phase 2): This H2020 coordination and support action aimed at facilitating the sharing of ocean data across scientific domains and international boundaries. The contribution of 52°North in this project addressed the aspects related to Sensor Web technology and the related OGC Sensor Web Enablement standards.

NeXOS (Next generation, Cost-effective, Compact, Multifunctional Web Enabled Ocean Sensor Systems Empowering Marine, Maritime and Fisheries Management): Within the FP7 project NeXOS 52°North focused on the development of an interoperable marine Sensor Web architecture for oceanographic data covering the whole path from the sensor to applications.

FixO3 (Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory): The FixO3 network (FP7) worked on the integration of European open ocean fixed point observatories and on improving the access to these key installations for the broader community. In the context of this project, 52°North contributed mainly its Sensor Web background and expertise on interoperable approaches for data modelling and sharing.


Short name: IOW
Contact name:  Gregor Rheder
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is a marine research institute with a strong focus on coastal ecosystems. Organized within a strategic research agenda, the departments of Physical oceanography, Marine geology, Marine Chemistry and Marine Biology pursue interdisciplinary research in coastal systems, with a special focus on the Baltic Sea. IOW also conducts the German contribution of the HELCOM monitoring obligations on behalf of the BSH.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

Situation as of 02.03.2019 to be updated when role in the consortium becomes clearer
Suggested: WP2, Task 2.1, and 2.4 Collaboration of Interoperability IOW has strong link to ICOS, and experience in merging both for additional goals in science (i.e. HELCOM monitoring) and merged education projects with ICOS and IOCCP, in particular through BONUS INTEGRAL. IOW: could also assist with linkage with the international (global pCO2 community, i.e. SOCONET) WP 4 Task 4.2 (1) Contribution to the GoF supersite through instrumentation on VOS Finnmaid.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

BONUS PINBAL 2014-2017
Chemical characterization and instrument development towards the application of spectrophotometric pH-measurements in brackish water conditions
Coordinator: Gregor Rehder

ICOS Pilot and Implementation 2012-2016
Use of ICOS and similar research infrastructure for a better assessment of the ecosystem state of the Baltic Sea
Coordinator: Gregor Rehder


Short name: AWI
Contact name:  Philipp Fischer, Mirco Scharfe
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Brief Description of Organisation:

As the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is primarily active in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Working together with numerous national and international partners, we are actively involved in unravelling the complex processes at work in the “Earth System”. Our planet is undergoing fundamental climate change; the polar regions and the oceans, which play central roles in the global climate system, are in flux. How will planet Earth evolve? Do the phenomena we’re observing represent short-term fluctuations or long-term trends? Polar and marine research has always been a fascinating scientific challenge; today it is also research into the future. With our marine stations Helgoland and Sylt we have two research locations in the North Sea and therefore excellent research facilities for the main focus area North Sea in the project. We operate long term datasets for the North Sea and the Arctic ocean which are outstanding with respect to their relevance for climate change research.

With the AWI centre for scientific diving, which hosts the work group “In situ ecology and technology”, the AWI has a technology and research facility well known across Europe with a high expertise in applied underwater technology in coastal temperate and coastal waters.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

Within the work package we will focus on the assessment of environmental changes in the North Sea (and in the Arctic Ocean) using our well-established underwater node technology. We specifically will focus on temporal and spatial environmental dynamics in high energy coastal areas which are often hardly to assess due to bad weather conditions. In many of these areas bad weather conditions with wind speeds beyond 6 bft are rather normal than the exception. An increasing frequency of storms and bad weather conditions in temperate coastal areas are however a possible climate change scenario. The focus of our work will therefore be an improvement of the possibility of doing research in those focal areas which are well known as most important for climate change research questions – but where research in a sufficient temporal and spatial resolution is often problematic due to bad weather conditions.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

MOSES (https://www.ufz.de/moses/). Towards a cross compartment earth-observatory system.
ACROSS (http://across-project.de/welcome/) A Ground Truth Demo and Test Facility.
COSYNA (https://webapp.hzg.de/#/home)


Short name: Hereon
JERICO-S3 contact name: Holger Brix and Klas Ove Möller
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JERICO-DS contact name: Holger Brix
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (Hereon) (formally HZG) is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. Hereon is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg with branches in Teltow near Berlin and in Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 900 employees, including about 650 scientists, engineers and technicians.

The main Hereon research areas cover materials science with emphases on advanced engineering materials, research with neutrons and synchrotron radiation, as well as regenerative medicine. Another important area is environmental research focusing on marine, coastal and polar systems. Within coastal research a major platform is COSYNA (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas), an operational coastal monitoring, forecasting, and information system for the North Sea. The main topic of COSYNA is the development and application of “integrated monitoring strategies” which include in-situ measurements, satellite remote sensing and numerical modelling. Hereon has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the coordination of and participation in different types of EU projects.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

WP2: WP lead. Linking JERICO-RI to other research infrastructures at different regional, national and transnational levels, as well as other relevant communities (such as numerical modelling and Earth observation). WP1: Developing strategy for next generation observing system. WP3: Participation in Kattegat-Skagerrak-Eastern North Sea IRS, Integration of phytoplankton, zooplankton and carbon cycle observing capacities. WP4: Lead of the North Sea PSS, refine the carbon budget for the area, considering terrestrial inputs, coastal and estuarine carbon cycling, and carbon utilization by microbes and primary producers. WP5: Functional harmonisation support for mature systems. WP 6&8: Data management, provision of parts of the German coastal observing system COSYNA for TNA and VA. WP7: Applying AI knowledge gained in physical and biogeochemical context to biological data sets. WP9: Long-term governance of JERICO-RI.

JERICO-DS: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

Hereon will be involved in coleading WP1 on the long-term science plan, responsible for Task 1.3: Preliminary definition of Key Performance Indicators for scientific excellence. Moreover, Hereon will be involved in WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5 WP6 and WP7 as a nation representative.

JERICO-NEXT: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

WP2: WP lead. Harmonization and developing best practice recommendations for the operation of HF radar, new sensors (nutrients, carbon cycle) as well as further improvements the best practice recommendations for FerryBoxes, Fixed platforms and gliders.

WP3: Optimization of sensors for determination of phytoplankton species, Optimization of sensors for quantifying the carbonate system, OSSE simulation experiments

WP4: Participation on case studies to investigate the carbonate system as well as monitoring contaminants; modelling transport from HF radar measurements.

WP 6&7: Provision of parts of the German coastal observing system COSYNA for TNA and VA.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

JERICO Towards a Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories

NeXOS Next generation Low-Cost Multifunctional Web Enabled Ocean Sensor Systems Empowering Marine, Maritime and Fisheries Management EnviGuard Development of a biosensor technology for environmental monitoring and disease prevention in aquaculture ensuring food safety

GROOM Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management

MYOCEAN2 Prototype Operational Continuity for the GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Service

PROTOOL PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: Automated Tools to Measure Primary Productivity in European Seas. A New Autonomous Monitoring Tool to Measure the Primary Production of Major European Seas