Duration: 2017-2020

Coordinating institution: Alfred-Wegener-Institut – Helmholtz center for Polar and Marine Research

Contact: Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung; Thomas.Jung(at) und Dr. Luisa Cristini   Luisa.Cristini(at)

ESM includes eight Helmholtz Centres. The aim is to improve the description of the individual components of the Earth system and their coupling in global models and to perform dedicated frontier simulations. Furthermore, a long-term strategy for the further development of earth system modelling in Germany is to be developed.

Contact at GEOMAR: Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch; abiastoch(at)

Digital Earth

Duration: 2018-2021

Coordinating institution: GEOMAR – Helmholtz Center for Ocean research Kiel

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jens Greinert jgreinert(at) und Dr. Daniela Henkel dhenkel(at)

Digital Earth aims to promote close collaboration between natural scientists and data scientists, leading to a forward-looking and competitive development in the way Earth sciences work. Digital Earth was developed as a strategically important project between all eight centres of the HGF Research Field Earth and Environment.


Duration: 2018-2020

Coordinating institution: German Aerospace Center DLR – Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alin Olimpiu Albu-Schäffer; Dr.- Ing. Armin Wedler

As part of the Helmholtz Future Project ARCHES, a consortium of the Helmholtz Centres DLR, AWI, GEOMAR and KIT will develop heterogeneous, autonomous networked robotic systems between 2018 and 2020. And not only are the robots heterogeneous, future fields of applications also span from environmental monitoring of the oceans to technical crisis intervention and exploration of the solar system.

Contact at GEOMAR: Dr. Stefan Sommer: ssommer(at) und Dr. Sascha Flögel: sflögel(at)


Duraion: 2018-2024

Coordinating institution: GEOMAR – Helmholtz Center for Ocean research Kiel

Contact: Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch abiostoch(at)

The "Helmholtz School for Marine Science" (MarDATA) is a concept for a graduate school of the Helmholtz Association. MarDATA aims to define and train a new type of marine scientists. The aim is to integrate young scientists from computer and math sciences directly into marine sciences. Scientists from GEOMAR and AWI, together with their partner universities, train doctoral students.



Phase I: 2018 bis 2020
Phase II: 2020 bis 2024

Coordinating institution: Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research UFZ

Contact: Kontakt: Dr. Ute Weber;

MOSES/ MODULAR OBSERVATION SOLUTIONS FOR EARTH SYSTEMS is an observation system that aims to capture the significance of the mostly small-scale dynamics for long-term environmental change. The monitoring concept is based on the interplay of event-driven, short-term measurement systems and long-term monitoring programs. All nine Helmholtz Centres from "Earth and Environment" work together in MOSES.

Contact at GEOMAR: Dr. Inken-Marie Preuss ipreuss(at)