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From Data to Information

One important motivation for COSYNA is the continuous provision of near real-time and post-processed products, bridging the gap between operational oceanography and the various users of forecasts of the marine state. Quality-controlled, science-based, near real-time environmental information derived from observations and model results can assist governmental and local authorities as well as other stakeholders to manage routine tasks, emergency situations and evaluate trends. An operational system in the heavily used North Sea may serve as a role model for many coastal areas worldwide. COSYNA is run as a pre-operational system, i.e., it is not experimental but geared toward a later operational use.

The Integrated COSYNA Approach

COSYNA’s main characteristic is the integrated approach combining observations and numerical modelling in order to reliably deliver quality-controlled data as well as model predictions. The integrated approach provides a versatile tool for understanding and predicting processes and the state of the North Sea and the Arctic coasts. Data products and knowledge tools are developed and provided to be of use for multiple interest groups in industry, agencies, politics, environmental protection or the public. All data and data products are publically available for free in near-real time at Learn more about the interplay of the COSYNA components.

Example: COSYNA Product "Current Field"

COSYNA develops pre-operational (i.e., routine provision of) ‘products’ that improve present routinely applied observational and modelling techniques. These products comprise hourly updated maps, model results, and 6 hour-forecasts of ocean currents, salinity, temperature, and waves. One of the first COSYNA products is the pre-operational analysis system for current fields in the German Bight based on real-time HF radar data. Learn more on the COSYNA Product "Currents in the German Bight"

Other COSYNA Products

A COSYNA focus is on information derived from an optimized synthesis of observations and model data (see example “Current Field”). The COSYNA products, data and metadata, are disseminated over the internet for further use by different end-users. COSYNA cooperates with government agencies, which, at some stage of the product development, could convert the pre-operational to operational products. Future products will include wind fields, ship detection, and biogeochemical parameters. Learn more about COSYNA products on temperature, salinity, waves, and chlorophyll.

Stakeholder Interaction

Stakeholder interaction aims to make COSYNA’s research, i.e. products and services, more useful in practice. As in many other areas of environmental science, knowledge transfer and interaction with stakeholders gain increasing attention in coastal and maritime sciences. In order to ensure that products are useful and applicable, COSYNA has developed and pursued a broad range of activities for knowledge transfer and stakeholder interaction. Potential user groups of data and data products include, but are not limited to science, administration, business enterprises, (e.g. renewable energies), engineering, tourism, nature conservation, and the general public.

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