Dr. Johannes Karstensen


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
RD1: Physical Oceanography
email: jkarstensen(at)geomar.de
phone: 0431 600 4156
Research gate profile: www.researchgate.net/profile/Johannes_Karstensen

Web of Science www.researcherid.com: A-8534-2013

Academic Degrees

July 1999           Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, University of Hamburg
Dec 1994           Diploma in Physical Oceanography, University of Hamburg


Academic Education

1994 – 1999     University of Hamburg, Germany, Ph.D. student in Physical Oceanography

1987 – 1994     University of Hamburg, Germany, Diplom program Physical Oceanography



Professional Experience

012/2002 – currently Senior Research Scientist, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, Research Division 1: Ocean Circulation & Climate Dynamics (Physical Oceanography)

4/2002 – 12/2002 Investigador, Programa Regional de Oceanografia Fisica y Clima (PROFC), University of Concepcion, Chile

3/2000 – 4/2002 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA

1995 – 2000 Research Scientist, University of Hamburg, Germany 


Visiting Scientist

10/1995 – 03/1996 Visiting Research Scientist, FIAMS, Adelaide, Australia

02/2000 – 03/2000 DCESS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Appointments Membership

  • Member “Ocean Observations Panel for Climate” (OOPC)
  • Member DFG Kiel Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”
  • Member DFG SFB 754 ”Climate-Biogeochemistry Interaction in the Tropical Ocean”
  • Member Strategy group “Open Ocean Observations” Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung
  • Member Scientific Steering Committee OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program)
  • Member Scientific Steering Committee member NAVIS (North Atlantic Virtual Institute)
  • Member Editorial Board „Journal of Operational Oceanography“



European Union


2015-2019 AtlantOS (my role: Vice-Coordinator, Work package co-leader)

2013-2015 FixO3 Deep Sea Observatories I3 project (my role: Contributor various Work packages)

2012-2016 FP7 NACLIM (my role: Member Steering Committee, Leader Core theme 2, Work package lead)


2011-2014 FP7 GROOM (my role: Work package Leader, Member Steering Committee)

2008-2012 FP7 European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory (EMSO); (my role: contributor)

2008-2012 FP7 Thermohaline Overturning - at risk? (THOR) (my role: task leader)

2008-2010 FP7 Integration and enhancement of key existing European deep-ocean observatories (EuroSITES), (my role: task leader)

2007-2011 FP6 ESONET Network of Excellence (my role: coordinator demo mission MODOO)

2005-2009 FP6 Carbon Marine Carbon Sources and Sinks Assessment (CarboOcean) (my role: Co-PI WP7)

2004-2008 FP6 Marine Environment and Security for the European Area (MERSEA) (my role: co-lead Work package)



2013-2016 Helmholtz “Erde und Umwelt” Infrastructure investment ACROSS (my role: supervision of GEOMAR investment and installation)

2012-open Helmholtz “Erde und Umwelt” Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP), (my role: GEOMAR contact person)

2012-2015 Regional Atlantic Circulation and global change (RACE), (my role: Co-PI TP2.2)


2010-2010 Molab (Ein modulares Beobachtungssystem zur Erforschung von biologischen, geologischen, chemischen und physikalischen Prozessen an kleinräumigen Strukturen am Meeresboden), (my role: supervision of PO investment and installation)



2013-2015 Kiel Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”: Cluster Proposal 2012: Biogeochemistry and Ecology of Oxygen depleted Eddies in the eastern Tropical Atlantic (my role: Co-PI)

2013-2015 Forschergruppe 1740: A new Approach toward Improved Estimates of Atlantic Ocean freshwater Budgets and Transports as Part of the Global Hydrological Cycle (my role: Co-PI)


2006-2011 1st & 2nd phase Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”: Research Platform P4 - Ocean Observatories (my role: Co-PI)

2008-2009 Kiel Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”: Glider Swarm Pilot Project (my role: PI)

2006-2007 Kiel Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”: Grundlagen & Rahmenbedingungen des Einsatzes autonomer Messgeräteträger in internationalen Gewässern, (my role: Co-PI)

2006-2007 Kiel Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”: DearX - XML: (my role: Co-PI)