Ocean Research

Almost 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. However only a small part of the oceans has been investigated so far and every new discovery raises new questions. The scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel are working all over the world to reveal the secrets of the ocean and to answer the arising questions.

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.

On these pages you will find interesting facts and exciting stories about their research. If you're interested in a particular topic please choose from menu on the left.

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Possible start position of all nine MH370 debris on 8 March 2014. The detailed map on the right shows the area around the last contact of the aircraft with a satellite (7th arc) and the search area (hatched). Source: GEOMAR

Lessons learnt from the drift analysis of MH370 debris

New strategies for tracking of marine objects proposed

[Translate to English:] Wissenschaftliche Geräte auf dem Arbeitsdeck von RV SONNE. Foto: Steffen Niemann.

Manganese nodules: desired mineral resource and important habitat

The JPI Ocean project MiningImpact investigates deep-sea ecosystems in the central Pacific Ocean