Marine Stations Helgoland and Sylt operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
The Marine Stations Helgoland and Sylt are permanent coastal stations in the German Bight operated as one joint research infrastructure by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Using both stations, the south-west region of the North Sea and its ecosystem features are tightly monitored via ecological time series, which are recorded and made available to government offices, professional associations, and research institutes world-wide. The stations are a hub for national and transnational access for guest researchers and visiting scientists in the German Bight. For over fifty years, the stations have served as centres of student education by providing facilities for university courses. The stations operate the coastal research vessels Mya II, Uthörn and Aade. The Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (BAH) is home to the AWI Centre for Scientific Diving, which conducts, promotes, and supports diver-related underwater science within the framework of all AWI research themes. The BAH is also home to the school laboratory OPENSEA, which offers high school students a scientific environment to explore marine science. The Wadden Sea Station on the island of Sylt offers 24 seawater mesocosms for ecological studies of future climate scenarios. Public outreach centres are associated with both locations (BLUEHOUSE and Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten).
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