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


 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


Photo exhibition about ocean acidification premiered at GEOMAR

Solvin Zankl and Nick Cobbing provide insight into a fascinating field of research

Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir (right), head of GEOMAR-Biotech, talks with Schleswig-Holsteins's minister for European Affairs Anke Spoorendonk . Photo: Jan Steffen, GEOMAR

Schleswig-Holstein's Minister for European Affairs Anke Spoorendonk at GEOMAR-Biotech

Visit focused on the Interreg BSR project "Baltic Blue Biotechnology ALLIANCE"






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



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



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