Several elements are available supporting the Spiekeroog Coastal Observatory. The ICBM operates the Time-Series Station Spiekeroog, a permanent monitoring station southwest of Spiekeroog. Experimental islands were built within the back barrier tidal flats and corresponding saltmarsh enclosed plots in the South for metacommunity and biodiversity research. Dip wells were installed on a transect for groundwater monitoring along the island of Spiekeroog. The North Beach and Janssand tidal flat serve as campaign-based research sites for biogeochemical observations. As a accommodation for scientists as well as a communications platform serves the National Park House Wittbülten. Three different research boats are available supporting any kind of research activities of the SCO.