Schematic diagram of the atmosphere. Graphics: C. Kersten, GEOMAR.

Middle atmosphere in sync with the ocean

26 July 2016/Kiel. In the late 20th century scientists observed a cooling at the transition between the troposphere and stratosphere at an altitude of about 15 kilometers. They believed this development in the so-called tropopause was caused by human influences. Climate scientists from Kiel and Berg...

Luisa Galgani with sampling gear in front of a melt pond. Photo: Karl Attard

How small marine particles affect our climate

20.07.2016/Kiel. When sea ice melts a thin biofilm layer is left on the sea surface. The air-sea interface is important as it provides a direct link between the ocean and the atmosphere. Researchers from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Cent...


Calcification – does it pay off in the future ocean?

14 July 2016/Kiel. Coccolithophores, single-celled phytoplankton, which plays a vital role in marine biogeochemical cycling, in marine food webs and in the global climate system, has developed a variety of calcareous shells to protect itself against predation and damage. But this requires a lot of e...


Ocean acidification – the limits of adaptation

July 11, 2016 / Kiel. The most abundant single-celled calcifying alga of the world’s oceans, Emiliania huxleyi is basically able to adapt to ocean acidification through evolution. However, the longest evolution experiment that has been conducted with this organism so far shows, that the potential fo...



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Weather of Kiel at 21:20


Measuring Point Institute

Air temperature: 21,0°C
Water temperature: 18,7°C
Wind direction: 287°, WNW
Wind speed: 1,45 m/s

Measuring Point Light House

Air temperature: 20,3°C
Water temperature: 17,3°C
Wind direction: 284°, WNW
Wind speed: 3,24 m/s