Marine Biogeochemistry

The Research Division Marine Biogeochemistry has four Research Units: Biogeochemical  Modelling, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography and Marine Geosystems.

Contact

Head of the Research Division:

Prof. Dr. Anja Engel
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel
Germany
Phone: +49 431 600-1510
Fax: +49 431 600-4448
e-mail: aengel(at)geomar.de

Office Management/
Personal Assistant:

Monika Peschke
Phone: +49 431 600-4447
Fax: +49 431 600-4448
e-mail: mpeschke(at)geomar.de

Publications

Overview

Work in the Marine Biogeochemistry Research Division focuses on interactions between sediment, oceanic, and atmospheric material reservoirs and the organisms (including humans) which mediate marine biogeochemical processes.

Major emphasis is on the highly dynamic interfaces between atmosphere and ocean and sediment and ocean. Particular attention is paid to elements and compounds that are highly mobile and radiatively active.

 The research activities of the Division extend from the oceanic crust and sediments, through the water column to the surface layer and marine atmosphere. Investigative approaches include field work, laboratory and mesocosm studies as well as modeling.

A closely related theme is the development of chemical, biological and isotopic diagnostic tools (proxies) that are suited to investigation of current and past oceanic conditions. An emerging research area concerns the future biogeochemical state of the oceans in a high-CO2 environment.

The Division comprises a community of geochemists, biologists, geologists, physicists and modellers with complementary skills, diverse perspectives and inter-related scientific interests.

RD2 News

Scheme of the tropical Pacific: Strong growth of plankton (1) leads to a high oxygen consumption and extended oxygen minimum zones (2). Ocean currents (3) at a few hundred meters depth provide an influx of oxygenated water from the subtropics (4). Fluctuations of the trade winds (5) influence the strength of these currents. Graphics: Claus Böning, Markus Scheinert, GEOMAR
19.12.2014

Trade Winds ventilate the Tropical Oceans

Kiel marine scientists find explanation for increasing oxygen deficiency

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18.12.2014

New challenges for ocean acidification research

Experts look back at a successful decade and carve out future priorities

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