Press releases

Below you find current press releases of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Reseach Kiel. Older press releases of GEOMAR and the predecessor  IFM-GEOMAR you find on the archive pages of the the years 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 201120102009 and 2008.

Current press releases

After servicing the OBS, the team of expedition SO244 of the German research vessel SONNE re-deploys an ocean bottom seismometer off the coast of northern Chile. Photo: Jan Steffen/GEOMAR

Strong quake, small tsunami

GEOMAR scientists publish unique data set on the northern Chilean subduction zone

A bleached reef-building coral of the genus Porites. These coral species are important builders of most reefs in the entire Indo-Pacific region. Due to increasingly prolonged heat waves and more extreme temperatures, corals and thus marine ecosystems in the tropics are already on the verge of collapse. Photo: A. Roik

With bacteria against coral bleaching

Probiotic approaches could protect corals against heat stress

Deep-sea shrimp with a pyrosome on the sea floor. Photo: JAGO Team, GEOMAR.

Pyrosomes - enigmatic marine inhabitants with an important role in the Cabo Verde ecosystem

New study led by GEOMAR provides fascinating insight into a largely unknown marine life form

Schematic illustration of the interaction of the crawler VIATOR with its digital twin. Graphic: C. Kersten, GEOMAR

Awards for plankton imaging system and digital twins

GEOMAR honours new and innovative methods in marine research

Bathymetric chart of a part of the Red Sea. Source GEOMAR.

Red Sea is no longer a Baby Ocean

Hidden structures reveal 13 million years of seafloor spreading

Zooplankton ingestion of microplastic reduces grazing pressure and permits more algal growth. More algal growth leads to more organic particles sinking out of the surface ocean. When these extra particles sink, they are consumed by bacteria, which leads to an additional loss of oxygen in the water column. Graphics modified from Kvale et al. 2021.

Microplastics affect global nutrient cycle and oxygen levels in the ocean

GEOMAR study points to possible major changes in the marine ecosystem

Authors of the study. Dr Erik  Borchert and Dr Peter Deines. Photo: Dr Lucía Pita Galán/GEOMAR

Harnessing the power of microbial communities for plastic degradation

Researchers propose new approach in the search for biological plastic degradation

The Atlantic Equatorial Undercurrent (EUC) at 23°W. EUC transport anomaly (thin line: monthly data and thick line: 270-day low pass filtered; dashed line and shading: ten-year trend August 2008 to July 2018 with 95% confidence interval). Graphic: C. Kersten, GEOMAR.

Fluctuations in ocean currents modulate oxygen content at the equator

Long-term observations reveal complex interrelationships

Vertical section of zonally averaged oxygen changes in the simulation with historical CO2 emissions and zero emissions from 1 January 2021 onwards. Left: Year 2020 relative to 1800. Right: Year 2650 relative to 2020. Graphics: C. Kersten, modified from A. Oschlies, 2021, GEOMAR.

Long-term consequences of CO2 emissions

Oxygen in the ocean will continue to decrease for many centuries

Sea star in seagrass meadow in Kiel Fjord, German Baltic Sea. Photo: Tadhg O Corcora.

Carbon-Hotspots in the Baltic Sea

How seagrass can help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

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