Swabian MOSES 2021

Measurement campaign of Helmholtz research centres and Baden-Württemberg universities on hydro-meteorological extremes
Dr. Jannik Wilhelm (IMK-TRO)

Swabian MOSES is a hydro-meteorological measurement campaign, which will be carried out between May and September 2021 in the Neckar valley and on the Swabian Alb in southwest Germany. It focuses on two hydro-meteorological extremes that are of great relevance not only for the study area: Local-scale convective cells (thunderstorms) associated with heavy rain and hail, and large-scale heat waves and associated droughts.
MOSES(Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems) is a novel observation system of the Helmholtz Association, developed by the Helmholtz Centres in the research field "Earth and Environment" and established as a cross-thematic activity in the programme Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future 2021-2027.


MOSES consists of highly flexible and mobile observation modules (such as the KITcube) that are specifically designed to study the interactions of short-term events and long-term trends in different parts of the Earth system. In addition to hydro-meteorological extremes, other highly dynamic events such as ocean currents and permafrost thawing are the focus of the event-oriented observation and research initiative in other campaigns.

The primary research goal is to capture and explore the entire chain of events: from the onset of the event, through its development to the stage of maturity and the associated impacts - such as consequences for agriculture and forestry or damage to infrastructure and property - to the decay of the event at the end of the chain.

04/08/2021: Advertisement of the Swabian MOSES Flyer: CLICK HERE
06/24/2021: Link to the Swabian MOSES Team's expert report on the hailstorm in the Neckar Valley: CLICK HERE
04/05/2021: Link to the official press release on the campaign launch: CLICK HERE

More news about the measurement campaign can be found on the "News" page, which can be reached via the teaser box below or the general navigation.

Scientific background
Measuring systems
Measuring area

Participating institutions

In order to obtain as much scientific data and information as possible during the measurement campaign and to exploit synergies, researchers from many different institutions and disciplines are participating in the measurement campaign:

Dr. Jannik Wilhelm
Wissenschaftliche Koordination Swabian MOSES

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