1. Main research topics

  2. The role of the oceans
    in climate change

  3. Human impact on
    marine ecosystems

  4. Marine resources

  5. Marine hazards

Overview

 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.

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.

GEOMAR is organized in four Research Divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate DynamicsMarine BiogeochemistryMarine 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 Centre (SFB) “Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean” (SFB 754) and a number of projects focusing on applied questions.

In the framework of the programme-oriented research funding of the Helmholtz Association GEOMAR is contributing to the research division "Earth and Environment" with the programme "OCEANS" and a contribution to the programme "Geosystem - The changing Earth" of the German Research Centre for Geosciences. These programmes have a duration of five years, starting 2014.

 

 

Research News

Simulated summertime (June-August) average temperature changes in 536 CE due to the stratospheric aerosol cloud resulting from an unknown volcanic eruption reconstructed here based on contemporary written records and ice core sulfate measurements. The simulated temperature changes, ranging from 1-3 ° C over Europe, show good agreement with estimates from two tree-ring temperature  reconstructions based on trees in Northern Scandinavia. Graphic: Matt Toohey, GEOMAR
19.04.2016

Two Volcanoes trigger Crises of the Late Antiquity

International team of climate researchers reconstructs global cooling in the reign of emperor Justinian

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Iceberg off the coast of Svalbard. Photo: M. Nicolai, GEOMAR.
07.04.2016

Origin of ancient ice ages in the Southern Hemisphere?

International scientific team finds vital new hints towards underlying mechanisms of glaciations in the deep ocean

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Expeditions

Information about current and past expeditions by GEOMAR can be found here.

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Meetings

Information about scientific seminars and meetings at GEOMAR can be found following the link below.

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Publications

Information about recent publications can be found following the link below.

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