Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch

Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

Ocean Dynamics 


Phone: +49-431-600-4013
Fax: +49-431-600-134013
Room No.: 423, West Shore Campus
Mailing address: abiastoch(at)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel




Physical Oceanographer with a strong interest to use numerical models to research the mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation and to interdisciplinary work on geosphere and biological interactions.

Current main activities

Investigating Indian-Atlantic basin interaction through the Agulhas Current system (DFG, EU, and BMBF projects); Co-chair of the SCOR Working Group No. 136 "Climatic importance of the Greater Agulhas System" (2010-2012)

Studying the Atlantic Ocean circulation variability (EU and BMBF projects, e.g. PalMod); joint work in the European modeling initiative  DRAKKAR

Coordinating information & data science in the Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science  MarDATA (as speaker) and ocean system modelling in the Helmholtz framework program Earth System Modelling ESM (as GEOMAR representative).




Exploring the dispersal and Lagrangian connectivity of drifting organisms (e.g., glass eels, juvenile turtles, foraminifera, larvae, bacteria) and particles (MH 380) (interdisciplinary collaboration with different research divisions at GEOMAR and European Institutes)

Exploring the role of seafloor warming and the fate of Arctic gas hydrates (interdisciplinary collaboration within the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean")

Publications - Five most important publications

•    Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, F. U. Schwarzkopf, and J. R. E. Lutjeharms, 2009: Increase in Agulhas leakage due to poleward shift in the southern hemisphere westerlies, Nature, 462, doi: 10.1038/nature08519, 495-498.
•    Biastoch, A., J. V. Durgadoo, A. K. Morrison, E. van Sebille, W. Weijer, S. M. Griffies, 2015:  Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation covaries with Agulhas leakage, Nat. Commun., 6:10082 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10082.
•    Biastoch, A., T. Treude, L. H. Rüpke, U. Riebesell, C. Roth, E. B. Burwicz, W. Park, C. W. Böning, M. Latif, G. Madec, and K. Wallmann, 2011: Rising Arctic Ocean temperatures cause gas hydrate destabilization and ocean acidification, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L08602, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047222.
•    Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, J. Getzlaff, J.-M. Molines, and G. Madec, 2008: Mechanisms of interannual - decadal variability in the meridional overturning circulation of the mid-latitude North Atlantic Ocean, J. Climate, 21, 6599–6615, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2404.1.
•    Böning, C. W., E. Behrens, A. Biastoch, K. Getzlaff, and J. L. Bamber, 2016: Emerging impact of Greenland meltwater on deepwater formation in the North Atlantic Ocean, Nat. Geosci., 9, 523-527, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2740.

More details on my Scientific Resume (english). A complete updated list of my publications and presentations can be accessed at OceanRep.