Short name: HZG
Contact name:  Wilhelm Petersen
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The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG) is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. HZG 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 HZG 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. HZG has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the coordination of and participation in different types of EU projects.

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