The yacht "Turn the Tide on Plastic" is taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race and is collecting physical and chemical data as well as information on microplastic distribution through the ocean. Photo: Sören Gutekunst, GEOMAR

Round-the-World Regatta: Science wins

11 December 2017 / Kiel. 12,000 kilometers through one of the most inhospitable sea areas on Earth—yesterday, the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Cape Town. The yacht race is not only exciting for sailing enthusiasts, but also for scientists. Researchers from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre...

Time series of two observational data sets of sea surface temperature anomalies (HadSST2, without correction and HadSST3, with correction) as well as reconstructed temperatures from corals in the Indian Ocean. From Pfeiffer et al., 2017).

Corals reveal changes in the measurement technique

01.12.2017 / Aachen / Kiel. The western Indian Ocean has warmed faster than any other tropical ocean during the 20th century, making the largest contribution to the increase in global mean sea surface temperature (SST). The reconstruction of this warming is largely based on measurement data routinel...

Microscopic view of a half jelly comb larvae. Photo: K. Bading.

Wound healing or regeneration – the environment decides?

29 November 2017/Kiel. For humans, the loss of limbs is almost always an irreversible catastrophe. Many animals, however, are not only able to heal wounds but even to replace whole body parts. Biologists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now been able to prove for the fir...

Map showing the current distribution of exploration licences for nodule and sulphides in the Area, including the giant Clarion-Clipperton Zone manganese nodule field. Map: GEOMAR (see reference).

Debate on deep-sea mining reaches new level

24. November 2017 / Washington / Kiel. At a high-level meeting held last week in Washington DC, USA, the Oceans Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), together with the Earth Sciences and Resources Board, discussed current developments and prospects for deep-sea mining. Among the p...



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Weather of Kiel at 17:48


Measuring Point Institute

Air temperature: 1,3°C
Water temperature: 5,6°C
Wind direction: 49°, NE
Wind speed: 6,30 m/s

Measuring Point Light House

Air temperature: 2,0°C
Water temperature: 6,0°C
Wind direction: 56°, NE
Wind speed: 12,68 m/s