1. Main research topics

  2. The role of the oceans
    in climate change

  3. Human impact on
    marine ecosystems

  4. Marine resources

  5. Marine hazards


 GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the leading marine science institutions in Europe. GEOMAR investigates the chemical, physical, biological, and geological processes in the oceans, as well as their interactions with the seafloor and the atmosphere.

Research at GEOMAR is organized in four Research Divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate DynamicsMarine BiogeochemistryMarine Ecology and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor. In cooperation with the University of Kiel, GEOMAR also runs the “Future Ocean” Cluster of Excellence and the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean” (SFB 754) and a number of projects focusing on applied questions.

In the framework of the programme-oriented research funding of the Helmholtz Association GEOMAR is contributing to the research division "Earth and Environment" with the programme "OCEANS" and a contribution to the programme "Geosystem - The changing Earth" of the German Research Centre for Geosciences. These programmes have a duration of five years, starting 2014.



Research News

One of the organisms involved in the metabolic processes of the nitrogen cycle present in the oxygen minimum zone off Peru is the foraminifera species Uvigerina peregrina. Photo: Nicolaas Glock/GEOMAR

Understanding nutrient cycling in the low-oxygen ocean

Kiel research team develops basis for quantifying the nitrogen cycling in oceanic oxygen minimum zones

Drought or flooding?  In particular, developing countries like  those in the Sahel region of Africa could benefit from reliable near-term climate predictions. The photo shows a country road in Mali. Foto: NOAA via Wikimedia Commons

Starting signal for Near-term climate prediction

Current ocean and atmosphere data provide basis for more reliable modelling






Information about current and past expeditions by GEOMAR can be found here.



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Information about recent publications can be found following the link below.