The statutory tasks of the BSH include the monitoring of physical parameters
in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. These data are collected during monitoring
cruises and by means of permanently installed monitoring platforms. A
variety of different parameters have to be measured to characterise the ocean
entirely. These include - among other properties - temperature, salinity, and
current speed and direction. A compilation of the most recent data is given
in the annual oceanographic status reports for the North Sea and German Bight.
The applied measurement techniques are as diverse as the physical parameters
that have to be monitored. But all methods have one thing in common: highest
demands for accuracy and reliability for the operation of instruments in rough
Numerical models create a genuine flood of numbers, which are an important counterpart to the in-situ measurements . The model simulations support the maritime services provided by the BSH for the safety of shipping and for the marine environment.
Physical in-situ data are complemented by values that derive from numerical modelling carried out for BSH maritime services in support of shipping and marine sciences.