COSYNA Stationary FerryBox system

(short name)

Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas

(short name)

COSYNA Stationary FerryBox system


Cuxhaven, German Bight, North Sea


53.87°N - 8.7°E

Bottom depth

Legal name of organisation

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon




Brix Holger, Klas Ove Möeller
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, GERMANY
Tel: +49 4152 872358

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COSYNA (Coastal Observation System for Northern and Arctic Seas) is an operational coastal monitoring, forecasting and information system for the North Sea composed by fixed platforms, FerryBoxes, gliders and HF-radar systems. It is being developed by institutes of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) and collaborating institutions and is operated by the Hereon Research Centre. The infrastructure represents an investment of 9 M €. It was build up since 2007 and is fully operational since 2012.

COSYNA_SFB is a Stationary FerryBox system, including self-cleaning features, installed in a container at the mouth of the Elbe River equipped with sensors T, C/S, turbidity, DO, pH, chlorophyll-a-fluorescence, CDOM fluorescence, nutrients (NOx, NO2, PO4, SiO2) and a cooled water sampler.

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Instrument Measured Parameter(s) Elevation / Depth Sampling Frequency of data recovery
Alkalinity (temporarily) Total alkalinity Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
Nutrient Analyser NO2, NOx, NH4, o-PO4, SiO2 Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
Turbimeter Turbidity (FTU) Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
pH sensor pH Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
Aanderaa Optode Dissolved oxygen Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
Fluorometer Chlorophyll-a fluorescence Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time
Salinometer Temperature, conductivity, salinity Surface (~5 m) 10 min Real-time

  • In person/hands-on: the presence of the user group is required/recommended during the whole operation,
  • Partially remote: the presence of the user group is required at some stage e.g. installing and un-installing user’s equipment.

Unit of access (UA): day.

Access duration corresponds to the period of installing, operating and un-installing a measuring system by the users (partially remote access) or in his/her behalf by the access provider (remote access).

TNA projects supported by JERICO-NEXT:

All data from the COSYNA fixed station are delivered in real time to the COSYNA data server open to the public via free internet connection. Furthermore data are delivered in near-real-time to the NOOS portal, including data quality flags. The system have a remote access via mobile phone (in the harbour) and partly via satellite.

A support team of technicians and scientists of Hereon will prepare the instrumentation; service the instrumented container; support operations at sea; support in processing the data.

To be verified with the facility provider.