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New exhibition-pavillon of the Helmholtz Association

In early July 2014, the exhibition pavilion “Coastal Research” at the “Natureum” Niederelbe was opened.
With an exciting game of science the Helmholtz Association informs on the results of the Institute for Coastal Research.

From the board of a small motorboat, the player can throw his “virtual” Message in a bottle into the North Sea. Insertion point and destination can be chosen on a digital chart. It is important to the choice of a favorable starting position to take unfair advantage of the flow and float the bottle as close as possible to their destination. The drifting path of the bottle on its15 day trip can not only followed aboard the HZG research boat – the states are also being displayed on a true-to scale marine chart.

Amongst other things the virtual field test shows how variable the current conditions in the German Bight are. A possible starting point for examle is the period around 16 February 1962, when a fateful storm surge reached the North Sea coast and the lower reaches of the Elbe and Weser.