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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Healthy bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosusis. Photo: Uli Kunz.
 

Acceleration and brake processes to adapt to global change

Bladderwrack shows coupled reactions to environmental changes

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Scientists recovering the water sampler used to collect ocean samples. Photo: Marie Cuvelier
 

Viruses as Modulators of Interactions in Marine Ecosystems

GEOMAR scientists show a new picture of the role of viruses in the ocean

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