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Center for Marine Sensors (ZfMarS)

Center for Marine Sensors (ZfMarS)

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Interdisciplinary Research on Marine Sensors

In January 2017 the Center for Marine Sensors (ZfMarS) already started working with an initial staff from the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg. On  21 November 2018, the budget committee  of the Lower Saxony Landtag agreed to the erection of a new institute building a the Wilhelmshaven site of ICBM.

22 scientists and engineers of different disciplines will investigate possible new operational areas as well as the reliability of sensors in the marine environment, including the shipping area, by completion of the building in 2020. The researchers will be particularly interested in new applications of automated sensor systems and assessment of the reliability of these devices. Moreover, they want to protect autonomous monitoring systems more effectively from functional restrictions by biofouling. And last but not least the scientists will be going to develop measuring procedures for more environmental friendly shipping.

Another important emphasis will be put on boundary layers. In this context, the transition from ocean to atmosphere, which plays a crucial role in climate processes, is of particular significance. New measuring procedures are to record exchange processes at  those boundary layers and to elucidate their role in technical applications as well as in climate research.

The new centre, comprising specially equipped lab and office space, will be erected as an extension of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment building in Wilhelmshaven. It will cost about 5 Million Euros – about half of it will be funded by the European Funds for Regional Development (EFRE), while the other half is financed by the University of Oldenburg.

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