Ocean Observation

Observational data from the ocean are of elementary importance for understanding the complex climate system of the present with its multilayered interactions between a multitude of components. They are also needed for quality control and as initial and boundary conditions for high-resolution climate simulations. At GEOMAR and its predecessor institutes, new measurement methods have been developed and data from all parts of the world ocean have been intensively collected and analyzed for more than 80 years. GEOMAR researchers maintain long-term observation stations such as moorings in the tropical and subpolar Atlantic, but also in Boknis Eck in the Eckernförde Bay, where one of the world's longest time series stations is operated.



Fotostory: The Evolution of Ocean Observation

Research News: Ocean Observation

Installation of instrumentation

Twenty years of ocean current observations for an improved understanding of climate variability

Data from one of the longest time series in the tropical Atlantic now publicly available

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Getting a better understanding of the influence of eddies in the ocean

Last of three ship expeditions launched in upwelling area off West Africa

Graphic AMOC

How close is the tipping point?

New studies on the Atlantic current system assess the threshold between natural fluctuations and a climate change-driven evolution