Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck


Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

Head of the Research Unit: Physical Oceanography 

      

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

Office:
Phone: +49-431 600 4100
Fax: +49-431 600 4102
E-Mail: mvisbeck(at)geomar.de

Address:
GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore campus
Duesternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel
Germany

    

Personal Information

  • Date of birth: 21 March 1963
  • Place of birth: Braunschweig
  • Nationality: German

       

Research Interests

  • The role of the ocean in interannual to centennial climate variability
  • Variability of regional ocean circulation
  • Deep water formation in subpolar regions
  • Lateral exchanges by mesoscale eddy processes
  • Sustained global ocean observations
  • The North Atlantic Oscillation and its impacts on the ocean
  • Tropical Atlantic Climate Variability
  • Antarctic Bottom Water formation
  • Ocean circulation configurations during past climates
  • ADCP observations in the open ocean and in coastal environments
  • Dynamics of oxygen minimum zones

     

Education and Employment

Education

Education

 

1989-1993

Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Institute for Marine Science (IFM), University of Kiel, Germany (Advisor: Prof. F. Schott)

1982-1989

Diplom in Physical Oceanography, University of Kiel (CAU), Germany

 

 

Research and Employment History

 

since 2004

Professor at University of Kiel (CAU) and Head of the Research Unit “Physical Oceanography” at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (before 2012 Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences), Germany

since 2004

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA

1999-2004

Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, USA

1995-2004

Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA

1997-1999

Storke-Doherty Lecturer, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, USA

1994-1995

Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (Advisor: Prof. J. Marshall)

1989-1993

Researcher, Institute for Marine Science (IFM), University of Kiel, Germany

 

 

Other positions of responsibility

 

2007-2011

Deputy Director, Leibniz-Institute for Marine Science, Kiel, Germany

 

 

External visits

 

2008-2009

3 months at Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA) and Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (University of Miami), USA

2008

2 months at Ocean University, Qingdao, China

1998-1999

4 months at CSIRO Hobart, Australia

 

 

Expeditions

 

12.12.2016 – 02.01.2017

Chief Scientist, METEOR M133, South Atlantic (Cape Town – Falkland Islands)

01.05.2015 – 03.06.2015

Chief Scientist, METEOR M116/1, Tropical Atlantic (Guadeloupe – Cape Verde)

17.03.2014 – 16.04.2014

Chief Scientist, METEOR M105, Tropical Atlantic (Cape Verde – Cape Verde)

04.10.2013 – 21.10.2013

Chief Scientist, METEOR M100/2, including German-African Training, South Africa (Namibia – Mauritius)

26.11.2012 – 20.12.2012

Chief Scientist, Maria S. Merian MSM23, Tropical Atlantic (Cape Verde – Namibia)

23.09.2011 – 30.09.2011

Chief Scientist, Maria S. Merian MSM19/1a, Training and Capacity Building Cruise in Namibian waters

17.10.2010 – 13.11.2010

Chief Scientist, METEOR M83/1, Tropical Atlantic (Las Palmas – Cape Verde)

26.11.2009 – 22.12.2009    

METEOR M80/2, Tropical Atlantic (Cape Verde – Senegal)

01.11.2008 – 06.12.2008    

Chief Scientist, Maria S. Merian MSM10/1, Tropical Atlantic (Portugal – Cape Verde)

18.04.2008 – 03.05.2008

Chief Scientist, Maria S. Merian MSM08/1, Tropical Atlantic (Cape Verde – Cape Verde)

   

Awards and Recognitions

2015    AGU Fellow

2015    Member of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC)

2009    CIMAS Visiting Scientist Award, University of Miami, USA

2008    Guest Professor, Ocean University, Qingdao, China

2003    Tenure at Columbia University

1999    DEES Outstanding Teacher

1997    Storke-Doherty Lectureship sponsored by LDEO/Columbia University

1993    Postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by NOAA-OGP's Global & Climate Change program
  

Committees

International current

International current

 

2017-2019

President Elect, The Oceanography Society (TOS)

since 2015

Editorial Board Member, ESA Journal Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

since 2014

Member, Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP (World Climate Research Programme)

since 2012

Member, Leadership Council of the SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network)

since 2012

Member, ICSU (International Council for Science) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review

since 2006

Expert, IOC-UNESCO (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) working group Advisory Body of Experts on the Law of the Sea

 

 

International past

 

2011 & 2015

Member and Chair, ESA (European Space Agency) EOEP (Earth Observation Envelope Programme) Scientific Review Panel

2011-2013

Member, ICSU Transition Team, the interim governing body of the new global sustainability initiative “Future Earth”

2010-2016

Member, AGU (American Geophysical Union) Ocean Sciences Section Executive Committee

2009-2010

Member, UNESCO- IFSOO (Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observing) transition team

2008-2009

Chair, Expert Segment of the WMO’s (World Meteorological Organization) Third World Climate Conference

2007-2013

Member and Co-chair, WCRP-CLIVAR (World Climate Research Programme, Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change) Scientific Steering Group

2005-2009

Member, GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Science and Technology Committee

2004-2005

Member, WCRP-COPES (World Climate Research Programme, Coordinated Observation and Prediction of the Earth System) Task Force

2000-2006

 Chair, WCRP-CLIVAR Atlantic Sector Implementation Panel

 

 

National current

 

since 2017

Mitglied des Programmausschusses Erdbeobachtung in den Beratungsgremien des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

since 2015

Advisory Board Member, German Meteorological Service (DWD, Germany)

since 2014

Advisory Board Member, Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC, UK)

since 2013

Chairman, German Committee Future Earth (DFG, Germany)

since 2012

Steering Group Member, RACE project (BMBF, Germany)

since 1999

Member, Climate Observing System Council (NOAA-OGP, USA)

 

 

National past

 

2009-2012

Deputy Speaker, German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF, Germany)

2008-2012

Elected member, Review Board for Atmospheric Science and Oceanography (DFG, Germany)

2008-2009

Member, Science and Innovation Strategic Board (NERC, UK)

2007-2014

Member, Senate Commission on Oceanography (DFG, Germany)

2006-2008

Member, Steering Group "Mittelgroße Forschungsschiffe" working group of the Federal Government and the Federal States "Deutsche Forschungsflotte” (Germany)

2005-2012

Steering Group Member, NORDATLANTIK project (BMBF, Germany)

2005-2010

Steering Group Member, RAPID: Rapid Climate Change Programme (NERC, UK)

2001-2002

Member, Climate Change Data and Detection Advisory Panel (NOAA-OGP, USA)

1998-2004

Member, Global and Climate Change Advisory Panel (NOAA-OGP, USA)

1999-2004

Co-chair, US-CLIVAR Atlantic Sector Implementation Panel

   

Projects

Current

Current

 

2015-2019

Coordinator, AtlantOS: Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (Horizon-2020, EU)

2012-2018     

RACE: Regional Atlantic Circulation and Global Change (BMBF, Germany)

2008-2019     

SFB754: Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean (DFG Collaborative Research Center, Germany)

2007-2017

Speaker, Kiel Excellence Cluster “The  Future Ocean” (DFG Excellence Initiative, Germany)

 

 

Past

 

2013-2015

Founding member, SPP 1689: Climate Engineering - Risks, Challenges, Opportunities? (DFG, Germany)

2011-2015

Decadal Climate Predictions (MiKlip, Module 3), OCEANOBS: Verification of Ensembles and Initialization Fields for Decadal Climate Predictions via Ocean Observation Systems (BMBF, Germany)

2011-2014

GROOM: Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management (FP7, EU)

2011

MoLaB - a Modular Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory (HGF, Germany)

2009-2012

THOR: Thermohaline Overturning - at Risk? (FP7, EU)

2006-2009

GO: Geophysical Oceanography (FP6, EU)

2006-2008

TENATSO: Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time-Series Observatory (FP6, EU)

2006-2008

SPP1257: Mass Transport and Mass Distribution in the Earth System, under project TRANSOCEAN (DFG, Germany)

2005-2012

NORDATLANTIK - Teil des Erdsystems: Pilot-Anwendungen eines Beobachtungs- und Diagnosesystems zur regionalen Abschätzung der Zirkulation im Nordatlantik und in der Nordsee (BMBF, Germany)

       

Publications

Reviewed Publications  

Books and Book chapters

Other Publication

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