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MOSSCO: Modular System for Shelves and Coasts

The overarching goal of the project “Modular System for Shelves and Coasts” (MOSSCO) is to bring together the distributed capacities in coastal ocean modelling in Germany and to build a common infrastructure for the national and international coastal research community. MOSSCO will build a framework for a modular data and model system, an infrastructure. It should integrate physical, biological, chemical and geological modules in an exchangeable way. This modular infrastructure will support synoptic studies of coastal and shelf seas including their interfaces to adjacent Earth-system components, such as sediment, atmosphere, rivers and the open ocean. MOSSCO will be applied to problems of cohesive sediment dynamics and nutrient cycling in the entire German North Sea and Baltic Sea. For two characteristic and physically highly distinct coastal areas, we reconstruct space-time variations in selected ecosystem services (denitrification), water quality, and sediment fluxes. We also assess the sensitivity of measures to potential climatic changes.


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  • Nasermoaddeli, M. H., C. Lemmen, F. Kösters, G. Stigge, O. Kerimoglu, H. Burchard, K. Klingbeil, R. Hofmeister, M. Kreus, K. W. Wirtz (2017). A model study on the large-scale effect of macrofauna on the suspended sediment concentration in a shallow shelf sea. Estuar. coast. shelf sci. : , doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.11.002
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  • Schwemmer, P., F. Güpner, S. Adler, K. Klingbeil and S. Garthe (2016). Modelling small-scale foraging habitat use in breeding Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) in relation to prey distribution and environmental predictors. Ecol. Model. 320: 322-333, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.10.023
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  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M., K. Klingbeil, N. Brüggemann, C. Eden and H. Burchard (2015). The impact of advection schemes on restratifiction due to lateral shear and baroclinic instabilities. Ocean Model. 94: 112-127, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.07.021
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