„OCEANS: From the deep-sea to the atmosphere“

The centres of the Helmholtz Association define their research within strategic programmes, the so-called programme oriented funding). 

The programme of GEOMAR which is called OCEANS is outlined below. The programme  contains a contribution from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), a strategic cooperation with the AWI and HZG Helmholtz Centres, and an allied partnership with the University of Kiel. The programme addresses the physical, chemical, biological and geological properties of the world’s ocean basins from the seafloor to the atmosphere. This global approach, with a strong, but not exclusive focus on the open ocean, the deep sea and the tropics, characterizes the OCEANS programme. The research will be carried out in close cooperation with the "Marine, Coastal and Polar Systems (PACES II)" and "Geosystem: The Changing Earth" scientific programmes in the Helmholtz Research Field "Earth and Environment." The OCEANS programme also interacts with and supplements the "Atmosphere and Climate" programme being proposed by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and GFZ and the "Terrestrial Environment Research" programme being proposed by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Health Munich (HMGU), FZJ and GFZ.

The OCEANS programme is subdivided into four topics:


  • Prof. Dr. Kaj Hoernle
    Spokesman OCEANS
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel, Germany
    Tel. +49-431-600 2624
    Fax +49-431-600 2922

    Dr. Jörg Geldmacher
    Coordination Programme-Oriented Funding (POF)
    Tel. +49-431-600 2260
    Fax +49-431-600 2924

    Susanne Grahl
    POF team support
    Tel. +49-431-600 2262