MOSES is a novel observing system of the Helmholtz Association, developed by the Helmholtz Centres in the research field “Earth and Environment”. It comprises highly flexible and mobile observation modules which are specifically designed to investigate the interactions of short-term events and long-term trends across Earth compartments. Heat waves, hydrological extremes, ocean eddies and permafrost thaw will be in the focus of this new event-oriented observation and research initiative.

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Climate change is affecting our environment – and that will have consequences. Permafrost soils are thawing and releasing greenhouse gases, while extreme weather situations like heat waves, droughts and heavy rain are on the increase. These highly dynamic events are impacting our planet and environment, permanently and over large areas. But where exactly, to what extent and with what consequences? Helmholtz researchers intend to close gaps in our knowledge with the MOSES observation system. It consists of flexible and mobile modules designed to investigate the interaction of short-term events and long-term trends in earth and environmental systems. Still under construction, it is being prepared for operational deployment. The plan is for MOSES to go online by 2022.

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Last updated at: 09.04.2021