News 2017


Declining oxygen – is Humboldt’s nutrient boost at risk?

17. March 2017

Sampling the KOSMOS mesocosms. Photo: Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR

Experiment with the KOSMOS mesocosms in Peru

If less and less oxygen is available in the ocean as a result of climate change, this also affects highly productive regions such as the waters off the coast of Peru – an area strongly influenced by the …

Four-month Cruise with German RV METEOR off Peru

02. March 2017

Bereit zum Auslaufen: Die METEOR im Hafen von Valparaiso. Foto: Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR

Collaborative Research Centre 754 investigates oxygen minimum zone in the Southeast Pacific

Today, the first of four consecutive expeditions with the German research vessel METEOR starts in Valparaiso (Chile) to investigate the oxygen minimum zone …

How the Term ‘Fracking’ Made an Entire Infrastructure Publicly Visible

28. February 2017

How the Term ‘Fracking’ Made an Entire Infrastructure Publicly Visible

Research project in the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” reconstructs the politicization of the conventional natural gas and oil extraction through the fracking conflict.

Innovations in a technique for the extraction of unconventional …

Career Day at Kiel University

27. February 2017

Career Day at Kiel University


Academic career paths in Germany are mostly characterized by temporary employment often for many years. Information about legal regulations and opportunities are therefore important …

Where Does the Fish on Our Plate Come From?

20. February 2017

#fischdetektive soll insbesondere junge Menschen zum Mitfroschern motivieren. Foto: Anna Thielisch, Ozean der Zukunft

Kick-off workshop for the Citizen Science Project #fischdetektive at GEOMAR

Nine out of ten fish which end up on our table are not from local waters. Within the framework of the citizen science project #fischdetektive (fish detectives) at the GEOMAR …

Summit Meeting on an Underwater Mountain

17. February 2017

The German RV MARIA S. MERIAN in Mindelo. Photo: Björn Fiedler, GEOMAR

Marine scientists from Kiel install observatory in the tropical Atlantic

Seamounts are oases of the oceans: they form diverse ecosystems and provide habitats for numerous organisms. However, the links between physical, biological and biogeochemical …

Global Ocean De-Oxygenation Quantified

15. February 2017

Nature-Veröffentlichung: Weniger Sauerstoff in allen Meeren

The first in-depth study on the observed global ocean oxygen content was just published by Kiel scientists in Nature.

The ongoing global change causes rising ocean temperatures and changes the ocean circulation. Therefore less oxygen is dissolved in …

Subsea mining moves closer to shore

09. February 2017

Ore from the deep sea: massiv sulfide of a black smoker. Source: GEOMAR.

Marine scientists from GEOMAR focus on shelf areas

Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. However, deposits in coastal areas beneath the shallow, more accessible continental shelf could help …

A Surprise on the Lava Plateau

09. February 2017

Das Manihiki-Plateau liegt nordöstlich der Pazifikstaaten Fidschi und Samoa. Image reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014,

Marine researchers from Kiel refute the previous classification of rock types

What happens in the interior of the earth when volcanoes form and tectonic plates move? To answer these questions, research is dependent on traces these processes leave on …

Southern Italy: Earthquake hazard due to active plate boundary

24. January 2017

International team of researchers publishes latest seafloor maps

Tectonically, the Mediterranean is extremely active and thus threatened by natural catastrophes. This is underpinned by the recent earthquakes in Central Italy. Over the last few years …