Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency)

As a partner to maritime shipping and a supporter of environmental conservation efforts and maritime uses, the BSH

  • support maritime shipping and the maritime industry,
  • promote sustainable use of the oceans,
  • ensure the continuity of measurements,
  • provide competent information about the status of the Northand Baltic Seas.

Our tasks as an important provider of maritime services in Germanyinclude:

  • Environmental protection in maritime shipping (MARPOL, civil liability for oil pollution, Ballast Water Convention, oil identification)
  • Maritime security
  • Hydrographic surveying, wreck search
  • Nautical information systems
  • Services to shipping (flag documents, Certificates of Competency for mariners, promotion of shipping)
  • Warning services (water level foreasts and tide predictions, storm surge warning service, ice service)
  • Monitoring of the sea (with regard to climate and environmental changes)
  • Maritime geospatial data centre
  • Maritime spatial planning in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • Planning approval procedures for offshore wind farms and pipelines

Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen

The focus of our work in environmental physics is the investigation of the atmosphere, the cryosphere, and the oceans of the earth. Part of the IUP is the IFE (Institut für Fernerkundung) which was established to handle our longer-term satellite projects. In november 2003, the 10th anniversary of the institute was celebrated, and the inauguration of our new building at the same time.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

The HZG is working on following topics:

  • high-performance materials for the cars and aircraft of tomorrow
  • environmentally-friendly technologies
  • new materials for the field of medicine
  • research on future climate change
  • management of the coastal and marine environment