Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

Marine Meteorology

Research aims at quantifying the relative importance of atmospheric and oceanic processes in controlling climate variability and climate change on a large range of timescales: from monthly, through decadal, to centennial and millennial timescales. We maintain a strong focus on modeling the complex atmosphere-ocean interactions to understand the atmospheric and oceanic role in climate variability on this wide range of timescales. We study internal variability that is often associated with dynamical modes such as the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Atlantic Multidecadal Variability (AMV) or the Pacific Decadal Variability (PDV) that superimpose the red background spectrum, as well as the climate response to (natural and anthropogenic) external forcing. The study area ranges from the middle atmosphere to the sea surface and through the whole water column of the ocean.

Research Highlights:

North Atlantic Air-Sea Interactions and Remote Impacts on the North Atlantic

What is the role of the global ocean circulation in low-frequency climate variability in the North Atlantic region? More than 50 years ago, more...

Decadal Variability in Tropical Tropopause Temperatures

The tropical tropopause layer (TTL) between 12 and 19km has warmed by 1K during the last decade, as shown in a unique, high vertical resolution GPS radio-occultation (RO) data set more...

The research activities consist of three groups:


Head of the Research Unit:

Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif
Phone: +49-431 600-4050
Fax: +49-431 600-4052
e-mail: mlatif(at)geomar.de


Prof. Dr. Katja Matthes
Telefon: 0431 600-4054
Telefax: 0431 600-4052
e-mail: kmatthes(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20 
D-24105 Kiel 

Personal Assistant/Office Management:
Tania Chiarini   Phone: +49-431 600-4051
Silke Gesinn     Phone: +49-431 600-4059
e-mail: sekretariat-me(at)geomar.de




Academic Theses

List of Bachelor Theses (BSc: Physics of the Earth System)
List of Master Theses (MSc: Climate Physics)
List of PhD Theses  (Meteorology)
List of Diploma Theses (Meteorology)