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 2 - Marine Biogeochemistry:

Prof. Dr. Arne Körtzinger
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel
Germany
Phone: +49 431 600-4200
Fax: +49 431 600-4202
e-mail: akoertzinger(at)geomar.de 

Assistance/Office Management of the Research Division 2 - Marine Biogeochemistry (RD2):
Silvana Gagliardi
Phone: +49 431 600-4445
Fax: +49 431 600-4446
e-mail: sgagliardi(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

Corals and their symbiotic algae from the Arabian Gulf are used to survive under extreme temperatures and high salinity values. Photo: Grace Vaughan, SOC.
27.05.2015

Surviving harsh environments becomes a death-trap for specialist corals

The success of corals that adapt to survive in the world’s hottest sea could contribute to their demise through global warming, according to new research.

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Research vessel POSEIDON in the Thyrennian sea during an ECO2 expedition. Photo: Maike Nicolai, GEOMAR
26.05.2015

Can carbon dioxide be stored safely offshore?

Research Project ECO2 presents approach for a sound environmental risk assessment of sub-seabed CO2 storage

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