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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Dr. Mark Hopwood during a measurement campaign on the coast of Greenland. Photo: Thomas Juul-Pedersen / GCRC
 

Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland

Study shows complex connection between meltwater discharge and nutrient input

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Microplastics collected from the stomach of one Christmas Shearwater (Puffinus nativitatis) found dead on Salas y Gómez Island. Photo: Matías Portflitt Toro
 

Marine litter in remote regions of the oceans

Chilean-German researchers show impressive effects on the marine ecosystem

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