EGU General Assembly 2020
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Coordinating sustained coastal and ocean observing efforts in Germany

Kerstin Jochumsen1, Ralf Bachmayer2, Burkard Baschek3, Angelika Brandt4, Jan-Stefan Fritz5, Birgit Gaye6, Felix Janssen7, Johannes Karstensen8, Alexandra Kraberg7, Pedro Martinez4, Annemiek Vink9, and Oliver Zielinski10
Kerstin Jochumsen et al.
  • 1Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), Hamburg, Germany (
  • 2MARUM – Center for Mar­ine En­vir­on­mental Sci­ences, Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men, Bremen, Germany
  • 3Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany
  • 4Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 5German Marine Research Consortium, Berlin, Germany
  • 6University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 7Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 8GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 9Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hannover, Germany
  • 10Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

Germany’s national ocean observing activities are carried out by multiple actors including governmental bodies, research institutions, and universities, and miss central coordination and governance. A particular strategic approach to coordinate and facilitate ocean research has formed in Germany under the umbrella of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). KDM aims at bringing together the marine science expertise of its member institutions and collectively presents them to policy makers, research funding organizations, and to the general public. Within KDM, several strategic groups (SGs), composed of national experts, have been established in order to strengthen different scientific and technological aspects of German Marine Research. Here we present the SG for sustained open ocean observing and the SG for sustained coastal observing. The coordination effort of the SG’s include (1) Representing German efforts in ocean observations, providing information about past, ongoing and planned activities and forwarding meta-information to data centers (e.g., JCOMMOPS), (2) Facilitating the integration of national observations into European and international observing programs (e.g. GCOS, GOOS, BluePlanet, GEOSS), (3) Supporting innovation in observing techniques and the development of scientific topics on observing strategies, (4) Developing strategies to expand and optimize national observing systems in consideration of the needs of stakeholders and conventions, (5) Contributing to agenda processes and roadmaps in science strategy and funding, and (6) Compiling recommendations for improved data collection and data handling, to better connect to the global data centers adhering to quality standards.

How to cite: Jochumsen, K., Bachmayer, R., Baschek, B., Brandt, A., Fritz, J.-S., Gaye, B., Janssen, F., Karstensen, J., Kraberg, A., Martinez, P., Vink, A., and Zielinski, O.: Coordinating sustained coastal and ocean observing efforts in Germany, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9044,, 2020


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