Under Water

GEOMAR owns a high-performance infrastructure of underwater vehicles. These include the only manned research submersible in Germany JAGO, the remotely operated underwater vehicles ROV KIEL 6000 and PHOCA as well as the autonomous underwater vehicle ABYSS.

Furthermore, the TLZ is the home of a large number of innovative ship-based and autonomous observing systems as well as measuring and experimental platforms run by the individual research units of GEOMAR. Examples of these systems are the Kiel Off-Shore Mesocosms for Ocean Simulations (KOSMOS), oceanographic moorings, one of the largest glider fleets in Europe, deep-sea observatories (landers) and the mapping and observatory instruments of the Marine Geodynamics.


    Use of GEOMAR underwater vehicles & research equipment

    GEOMAR´s underwater vehicles and scientific equipment are available to GEOMAR internal and external scientists, as well as other user groups. The term of use of individual devices are to be requested by the respective team leader or contact person.

    Team leader Submersible JAGO

    Team leader ROV PHOCA & ROV Kiel 6000

    Team leader AUV ABYSS

    Curator Lithothek, Core & Rock repository

    Contact person CTD

    Contact person Geological sample equipment

    GEOMAR internal scientists are also asked to consider the guidelines below:

    Ship Expedition_Regulation

    Procedure for the application and funding of scientific cruises with
    GEOMAR chief scientists

    Requests for an official offer to use the equipment should contain the following
    basic information and be sent at least 10 weeks before the submission to the
    appropriate team leader / contact person and the TLZ management:

    • Name of applicant
    • Phone and e-mail address
    • Organization
    • Acronym of the proposal
    • Requested research equipment
    • Provisional period and date of use
    • Number of applied working days
    • Number of desired diving days / dives / missions
    • Place of use including depth ranges (incl. max. working water depth)
    • Planned surface vessel
    • Planned port for mobilization and demobilization
    • Tools to be intergrated (where applicable)
    • Intended funding source (BMBF, DFG, etc.)
    • Brief discription of the research project

    • Scientific Head:

      Dr. Peter Linke
      GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
      Wischhofstr. 1-3
      24148 Kiel, Germany
      Phone: +49-431 600-2115
      Fax: +49-431 600-1601

      Technical Head:

      Ralf Schwarz
      GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
      Wischhofstr. 1-3
      24148 Kiel, Germany
      Phone: +49-431 600-1600
      Fax: +49-431 600-1601