MOSES – Events and Trends in the Earth System
In this blog, members of the Helmholtz “Earth and Environment” institutes AWI, FZJ, GEOMAR, GFZ, HMGU, HZG, KIT, UFZ together with the DLR report during their joint observation campaigns in the context of MOSES. This novel, mobile and modular observing system of the Helmholtz Association is specifically designed to investigate the interactions of short-term events and long-term trends across Earth compartments. The participating centres develop rapidly deployable sensor systems, which will record energy, water, greenhouse gas and nutrient cycles on the land surface, in coastal regions, in the ocean, in snow and ice regions, and in the atmosphere – but especially the interactions between Earth systems.
MOSES is focused on “Heat Waves”, “Hydrological Extremes”, “Ocean Eddies” and “Permafrost Thaw”. Scientists, technicians and students of these four event groups are sharing their experiences and research in building up this novel and discipline spanning observing system during field campaigns in Germany and the North Sea, as well as in Canada, Siberia, the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Each MOSES event group will report on-site about findings and experiences during their specific campaigns:
Heat Waves campaigns will investigate short- and long-term impacts of heat periods and droughts on our terrestrial and coastal ecosystems as well as on air quality.
Hydrological Extremes campaigns aim at a better quantitative understanding of the interactions between short-term hydrological events causing large-scale floods or low flow situations and the predictability of their long-term ecosystem effects on land and in coastal regions.
Ocean Eddy campaigns will assess how mesoscale and submesocale eddies interact with the large-scale ocean circulation, the marine primary production and the respective greenhouse gas fluxes.
Permafrost Thaw campaigns aim at understanding and quantifying the contribution of short-term, rapid thaw events to the long-term greenhouse gas emissions in the Arctic.
Different teams of authors will report about the respective MOSES campaigns, both in German and in English.
RSS feed of the MOSES blogs: https://blogs.helmholtz.de/moses/feed/