Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

The core of research activities in the Physical Oceanography Department consists of observational programs toward the ocean's role in the climate system, and the interaction between physical, biological and chemical processes, with a special focus on the Atlantic Ocean. The large-scale circulation in all depth ranges of the ocean, physical processes at the sea surface and the ocean’s interior, and their effect on currents, deep water formation and oceanic transport of heat and fresh water, are the focus of our investigations.

Oceanic Circulation

Physical Key Processes



This animation shows the typical movement pattern of an autonomous glider.


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Head of the Research Unit:

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck
GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20 
D-24105 Kiel 
Phone: +49-431 600-4100
Fax: +49-431 600-4102
e-mail: mvisbeck(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistant/Office Management:
Christin Jahr
Nadira Mahmud
Phone: +49-431 600-4101
e-mail: skomander(at)geomar.de

Juliane Barth
Phone: +49-431 600-4288
e-mail: jbarth(at)geomar.de