Short name of participant:   Name of the infrastructure
Web site address:   Location North Sea

Description of the infrastructure: The coastal observing system COSYNA includes three FerryBox systems in Southern North Sea, plus a stationary FerryBox in the Elbe Estuary (Cuxhaven), which are equipped with sensors for T, C/S, turbidity, DO, pCO2, pH, chlorophyll-a-fluorescence, nutrients (NOx, NO2, PO4, SiO2) and cooled water samplers. Three HF radar stations (WERRA system) in the German Bight are operating at 10.8 MHz (Sylt and Büsum) and 12.2-13.5 MHz (Wangerooge).

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: The moving FerryBox systems and the stationary FerryBox (Cuxhaven) are delivering data in real or near-real time to the COSYNA data server which is offers open access to the data via internet connection. Furthermore all underway FB data are delivered in near-real-time to MyOcean services including data quality flags. FB data have been used in different studies about the North Sea (e.g. Petersen et al., Ocean Dynamics 2011), and were also used for data assimilation in numerical models (e.g. Stanev et al., Ocean Science 2011). The FerryBox systems participated in the TNA and SA activity in the JERICO project providing data and access for different user groups for testing new instruments on these platforms.

The HF-radar network offers possibilities for development and testing of new algorithms and concepts. All collected raw data are being stored and available from HZG’s archive. In addition HZG offers the possibility of changing the radar settings, e.g. chirp and band width, as well as antennae concepts e.g. antennae position and design offered to the user.

Support offered under this proposal: For ferrybox final physical data including statistical information and quality flags are accessible in real-time or near-real-time on the COSYNA database via internet. For all offered platforms users will be supported by interpretation and analysis of the data including raw data.

Outreach to new users: The infrastructure will give access to users and user-groups, facilitating users from countries where similar facilities are not available. Data from the FerryBox systems will be very useful to evaluate and/or validate ecosystem models as there are lot of biogeochemical parameter will available with high resolution in space and time. Furthermore the HF-radar system will stimulate the testing and developing of new algorithms resulting in optimized estimates of currents, waves etc. from HF radar data. In addition these calculations can be validated by measurements from other system and/or activities within the coastal observatory from research campaigns.


Short name of participant:   Name of the infrastructure
Cefas Jerico Datatool (JDT)
Web site address:   Location Lowestoft UK

Description of the infrastructure: Jerico coastal observatories include a wide range of sampling platforms (buoys, ferries, gliders, shore stations) that collect a range of different data types (mainly physical but also chemical and biological) over a wide range of time and space scales. The data is returned from platforms in delayed mode and also in some cases in real time via telemetry. Data is made available from some of these platforms to the Jerico Datatool.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: The Jerico Datatool is a web application that enables integration of data from multiple platforms in order to provide a range of information for end users. Outputs include maps and graphs (e.g. time series) as well as data download in different formats (e.g CSV, KML) for use in other software packages.

Support offered under this proposal: The service is accessed through the Jerico web site. A web interface provides a straightforward way to make a query of the data held. A user can access all of the Jerico partner data for a given region regardless of the data source (i.e. data collector and platform used to collect the data). Support for users will be available through the web site.

Outreach to new users: The new users will include those with interest in gaining an increasingly comprehensive overview of the range of observations carried out in European waters and in gaining access to Jerico data and other derived information. The capabilities of the Jerico Datatools will be extended by increasing the amount of data available, by incorporating data from additional partners, and by adding new functions to the Datatoool specifically focussed on the needs of users that are involved in carrying out assessments of environmental quality (e.g. MSFD, WFD). In particular, the ability to integrate and provide seas) will be incorporated.