GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR)

Description of the organisation

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. GEOMAR is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the federal (90 %) and state (10 %) government. It has a staff of 1,000 (status on 31 March 2017) and a yearly budget of around 75 Mio. Euro.

Expertise particularly relevant for the project

GEOMAR hosts both observing groups of diverse marine (sea going) disciplines (biology, chemistry, physics) as well as theoretical and modelling groups (biogeochemistry, physics of ocean and atmosphere).
GEOMAR runs state-of-the-art infrastructure, particularly adapted for deployment in the open ocean and the deep sea. It includes four research vessels, one of the largest fleets of autonomously-operated underwater gliders in Europe, and state-of-the-art analytical facilities. For development, construction, maintenance and deployment of large seagoing equipment GEOMAR operates a state-of-the-art Technology and Logistics Centre.
The modelling groups run and maintain models at local, regional and global scales. Recent developments include coupled physical-biogeochemical models that allow nested designs of high resolution (e.g., “FOCI” – Flexible Ocean Climate Infrastructure, based on NEMO/ORCA), as well as global Earth system models of coarse resolution (UVic), and ocean-only models that allow automated calibration of marine biogeochemical models (MOPS-TMM).

For more information visit: GEOMAR website.