Core Theme


Ocean and Climate

What is the role of the ocean in the global climate system and how can we improve predictions and scenarios?



Core Theme


Marine Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycles

How does climate change alter marine communities and what are the consequences for humankind?



Core Theme


Ocean Threats and Benefits

How can we forecast marine natural hazards and use resources from the seafloor in a responsible way?



GEOMAR: Our World is the Ocean

GEOMAR explores the global ocean from the seafloor to the atmosphere to understand the ocean system and enable the development of sustainable solutions for pressing societal issues. Its research and its commitment to knowledge and technology transfer contribute significantly to preserving the function of the ocean and safeguarding it for future generations.

GEOMAR research covers a unique range of physical, chemical, biological and geological ocean processes. Members of the four research divisions Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor cooperate in the three core themes Ocean and Climate, Marine Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycles and Ocean Threats and Benefits as well as the four Integrative Research Foci Atlantic Ocean Upwelling, Marine Carbon Sinks, Digital Twin Ocean and Metals in the Ocean. All work focuses on the open “blue” ocean.


GEOMAR Research News

Examination of a water sample during an excursion with the research cutter LITTORINA

Coasts as climate protectors

A new study involving three German research centers shows: coastal wetlands and estuaries are collectively a net greenhouse gas sink

The first on sea deployment of the AUV during a Polarstern expedition in 2010 (Fram Strait).

Working together to bring high tech below the waves

Kick-off meeting for MUSE infrastructure from 23 to 25 May at the AWI in Bremerhaven

Group picture at the iFOODis Kick-off

Project iFOODis: Robotic assessment of ecosystems

iFOODis plans robotic measuring network in the Schlei region

microplastics sample

Microplastics: From detection to prevention

New project investigates risks and possibilities for combating microplastic pollution in the German-Danish border region