Main research topics
The role of the oceans
in climate change
Human impact on
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the leading marine science institutions in Europe. GEOMAR investigates the chemical, physical, biological, and geological processes in the oceans, as well as their interactions with the seafloor and the atmosphere.
GEOMAR is organized in four Research Divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor. In cooperation with the University of Kiel, GEOMAR also runs the “Future Ocean” Cluster of Excellence and the Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) “Fluids and Volatiles in Subduction Zones” (SFB 574) and “Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean” (SFB 754) and a number of projects focusing on applied questions.
The research at GEOMAR can also be summarized by four major topics: 1. The role of the oceans in climate change, 2. Human impact on marine ecosystems, 3. Marine Resources, 4. Plate tectonics and marine hazards.
Experiments show high sinking speed for dead gelatinous plankton speciesmore