Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch

Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics


(C) Biastoch, GEOMAR

Phone: +49-431-600-4013
Fax: +49-431-600-134013
Room No.: 423
Mailing address: abiastoch(at)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Theory and Modelling
West Shore Campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel

Chair of the Scientific Council


Physical Oceanographer with a strong interest to use numerical models to research the mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation and to interdisciplinary work on geosphere and biological interactions.

Current main activities

Investigating the variability in the Agulhas system and its effect on the large-scale circulation (DFG, EU, and BMBF projects); Co-chair of the SCOR Working Group No. 136 "Climatic importance of the Greater Agulhas System" (2010-2012)

Exploring the role of seafloor warming and the fate of Arctic gas hydrates (interdisciplinary collaboration within the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean")

Studying the Atlantic Ocean circulation variability (EU and BMBF projects, e.g. PalMod); joint work in the European modeling initiative  DRAKKAR and within the Helmholtz framework program ESM.

Exploring the dispersal and Lagrangian connectivity of drifting organisms (e.g., glass eels, juvenile turtles, foraminifera, larvae, bacteria) and particles (MH 380) (interdisciplinary collaboration with different research divisions at GEOMAR and European Institutes)

Publications - Five most important publications (Kopie 1)

•    Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, F. U. Schwarzkopf, and J. R. E. Lutjeharms, 2009: Increase in Agulhas leakage due to poleward shift in the southern hemisphere westerlies, Nature, 462, doi: 10.1038/nature08519, 495-498.
•    Biastoch, A., J. V. Durgadoo, A. K. Morrison, E. van Sebille, W. Weijer, S. M. Griffies, 2015:  Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation covaries with Agulhas leakage, Nat. Commun., 6:10082 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10082.
•    Biastoch, A., T. Treude, L. H. Rüpke, U. Riebesell, C. Roth, E. B. Burwicz, W. Park, C. W. Böning, M. Latif, G. Madec, and K. Wallmann, 2011: Rising Arctic Ocean temperatures cause gas hydrate destabilization and ocean acidification, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L08602, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047222.
•    Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, J. Getzlaff, J.-M. Molines, and G. Madec, 2008: Mechanisms of interannual - decadal variability in the meridional overturning circulation of the mid-latitude North Atlantic Ocean, J. Climate, 21, 6599–6615, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2404.1.
•    Böning, C. W., E. Behrens, A. Biastoch, K. Getzlaff, and J. L. Bamber, 2016: Emerging impact of Greenland meltwater on deepwater formation in the North Atlantic Ocean, Nat. Geosci., 9, 523-527, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2740.

More details on my Scientific Resume (english). A complete updated list of my publications and presentations can be accessed at OceanRep.