Current DSM Projects

The DeepSea Monitoring group is involved in the following national and international research projects:


Marispace-X will create a digital maritime data space based on data sovereignty, security, interoperability and modularity of Gaia-X. It provides new ways in maritime big data processing and analysis of sensor data across Edge, Fog and Cloud Computing. The DSM group provides expertise to MARISPACE-X use case 'Munition in the sea'. The use case aims for realizing significant improvements in the analysis and management of data for munitions recovery through new developments in cloud, edge, and fog computing. This includes the transfer of novel intelligent analytics
into a secure and scalable cloud environment as well as Gaia-X compliant implementation of federated identity and trust services for the security-critical ordnance domain.

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MOSES is a novel observing system of the Helmholtz Association, developed by the Helmholtz Centres in the research field “Earth and Environment”. It comprises highly flexible and mobile observation modules which are specifically designed to investigate the interactions of short-term events and long-term trends across Earth compartments. Heat waves, hydrological extremes, ocean eddies and permafrost thaw will be in the focus of this new event-oriented observation and research initiative.

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The European research project BASTA (Boost Applied munition detection through Smart data inTegration and AI workflows) is coordinated by our group with the participation of the Marine Institute Flanders (VLIZ), the sotware developer EGEOS GmbH and the Belgian surveying service provider G-Tec SA. It is funded by the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in the Blue Labs program. The project aims at advancing the approach for munition detection both on a local and a larger scale. It seeks to advance data acquisition through ultra-high-resolution 3D sub-bottom profiling (SBP) and intelligent autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) based magnetic mapping as part of an adaptive and iterative survey approach. In addition, it will foster sustainable use of survey and historical data within a multi-sensor database.

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iAtlantic aims to deliver knowledge that is critical for responsible and sustainable management of Atlantic Ocean resources in an era of unprecedented global change. Involving marine scientists from countries bordering the north and south Atlantic Ocean, this ambitious project will determine the resilience of deep-sea animals – and their habitats – to threats such as temperature rise, pollution and human activities.

The DSM group participates in WP2 of iAtlantic and coordinates task 2.4 "Advancing the technology readiness level of new mapping technologies" (Contact: Timm Schoening)

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The project REEBUS is aiming for understanding the role of ocean eddies in the carbon pump of eastern boundary upwelling system. Seven work-packages work side by side on different aspects of ocean eddies, such as eddy formation and stability, physical mixing, carbon uptake via phytoplankton at the surface, sinking of particles and their decomposition and particle flux to the seafloor. The DSM group is involved into spatial mapping of deepsea regions and correlation of seafloor properties (morphology, benthic fauna) to geochemical in-situ measurements and machine learning algorithms shall be developed for extrapolation of geochemical properties into wider areas. Additional seafloor characterization will help to enhance geochemical interpretation of measurements and detect background heterogeneity of the seafloor.

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The Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science (MarDATA) is a graduate school, financed by the Helmholtz Association. It aims to define and educate a new type of “marine data scientists” by introducing and embedding researchers from computer sciences and mathematics into ocean sciences, covering a broad range from supercomputing and modelling, (bio)informatics, robotics, to statistics and big data methodologies. Researchers from the German leading institutes for marine research, the GEOMAR  and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, will jointly educate and supervise doctoral (PhD) candidates together with information & data science specialists from their partner universities in Kiel (Kiel University) and Bremen (Universität Bremen and Jacobs University).


A selection of other important projects of the Research Unit Marine Geosystems can be found here.