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MOSES is a new observing system of the Helmholtz Research Field "Earth and Environment" that investigates the evolution and impacts of highly dynamic, often extreme events using a systemic monitoring approach. By quantifying energy, water, nutrient, and greenhouse gas fluxes during short-term events such as weather extremes, abrupt permafrost thaw, or rapidly changing ocean currents, the system provides data to study potential long-term environmental impacts. Such event-oriented, yet cross-compartment datasets are necessary to better understand the impacts of climate change and develop adaptation strategies.


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MOSES Ad Hoc Campaign – Elbe Flooding Winter 2023/24

The Elbe River has been a recurrent focus of MOSES campaigns in recent years, primarily examining the impact of low-water events on the transport of dissolved nutrients and pollutants from the inland Elbe to the North Sea.

Now, scientists from UFZ, HEREON, GEOMAR, and AWI have mobilized on short notice to sample the effects of this year's floods along the Elbe. The investigations include measurements of  conductivity and water temperature, directly assessed in the water using sensors. Simultaneously, water samples were taken and prepared for a later analysis in the laboratory for biogeochemical parameters such as dissolved organic carbon compounds, nutrients, pollutants and pigments. In addition samples for eDNA will be collected to assess community structure in the Elbe outflow to the North Sea.

Over a period of eight days, the flood wave from Bad Schandau at the German-Czech border to Lauenburg was tracked. From this point onward, colleagues from coastal centers will take over, monitoring the flood wave in the tidal Elbe and along the North Sea coast. Read more...

Dresden Foto: N. Kamjunke (UFZ, 2023)

More information about this campaign is found here.

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