Marine Sensor Systems


Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski

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OL: +49-(0)441-798-3518

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ICBM-Center for Marine Sensors (ZfMarS)
Schleusenstr. 1
26382 Wilhelmshaven

Marine Sensor Systems

Research Focus

The environmental conditions in the sea change constantly both in the short- and long-term. In order to detect these processes, the research group Marine Sensor Systems explores and develops innovative methods and sensors that can be operated on-site at sea. The scientists identify key variables of coastal regions and shelf seas and integrate them into observation systems. One focus is on measuring methods based on optical and acoustic principles.

Thematic Focus

Design innovative and affordable sensors technologies for sustainable interdisciplinary monitoring of the natural environment.

Automate sensors for easy use as well as integration on in-water, fixed, ship based and airborne platforms.

Observe biogeochemical and physical Essential Ocean Variables in all aquatic environments from open ocean to fjords, shelf seas and estuarine systems

  • standard oceanographic variables (salinity, temperature, currents)
  • ocean colour (inherent, apparent optical properties)
  • plastic litter (virgin, washed ashore and ocean harvested of all sizes)
  • imaging of planktonic organisms
  • nutrients, dissolved organic matter (FDOM, CDOM), algae, oxygen

Sensor technologies we developed, improved, contributed,…

  • Bubblemeter, bubble quantification on ROVs
  • Optical nitrate algorithm with external temperature and salinity information
  • Low-cost surface drifters
  • Hyperspectral radiometry on BGC-Argo
  • EyeOnWatercolor APP and database
  • Plankton species imaging and identification
  • Excitation-emission-matrix fluorescence methods and tools
  • Sun-glint corrections for remote sensing reflectance
  • smartFluo, MatrixFlu, Kallemeter, Oil-on/in-Water
  • Characterization methods for floating plastic litter
  • Data correction methods for underway and time-series data
  • Calibration methodologies for long-term operations
  • Parameterizations for underwater light field approximations
  • Measurement strategies to assess marine environmental processes
  • Real-world laboratory approaches for the coastal sphere
  • Combined observation and model strategies

Advancing marine science through dedication to excellence in research, engineering, and education, utilizing and developing innovative and sustainable sensor technologies.

(Changed: 2022-04-20)