In order to make weather forecasts and understand changes taking place in marine ecosystems,
knowledge of current water temperatures and of the heat contents of seas and oceans is indispensable.
By monitoring temperatures and the heat content of sea water,
the BSH is also making an important contribution to observations of man-made climate change.
Moreover, the BSH's monitoring data support marine research in its endeavours to enhance knowledge
about the seas and oceans.
The BSH’s measuring activities are an integral part of national and international ocean and
climate monitoring programmes. Different methods are used to collect the data:
measurements at the stations of the BSH’s Marine Environmental Monitoring Network
and at other stations,
shipborne measurements, floating buoys, and satellite remote sensing.
The quality-controlled measurement data are fed into data storage and distribution systems
and are processed into products such as charts and statistics.
Maps and Statistics
Maps of the sea surface temperatures of the North Sea
Maps of the monthly mean SST/SSS charts at Helgoland - Reede
Maps of the water temperatures and heat contents of the North Sea
North Sea Atlas - Temperature, Salintiy, Density and Heat Content