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

Overview

 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

Schematic evolution of retrogressive slope failure due to overpressured gas below the gas haydrate stability zone (GHSZ): a submarine slope with gas hydrate-bearing sediments  and overpressured gas (bright area) at the bottom of the GHSZ induces pipe generation into the GHSZ,  the conduit encounters a permeable layer; gas enters and leads to overpressure transfer from the bottom of the GHSZ to the shallow subsurface, and finally overpessured gas causes shear banding in the weak layer and generates retrogressive slope failure.
20.02.2018

Stable gas hydrates can trigger landslides

"Cement of continental slopes" effect slope stability differently than previously thought

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Bathymetric map of the the Cap Blanc landslide. Map: Morelia Urlaub/GEOMAR
13.02.2018

Why the seafloor starts moving

Kiel marine scientists find possible cause of landslides off Northwest Africa

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Expeditions

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

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Meetings

Information about scientific seminars and meetings at GEOMAR can be found following the link below.

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Publications

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

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