News 2020


Variability in the Arctic Carbon Cycle

08. September 2020

GEOMAR scientists study seasonal changes in the Arctic Ocean

The Arctic is warming about two to three times faster than the rest of our planet. Therefore, it is important to understand what is happening in this region and what impact these effects …


Rewriting the history of seawater composition

25. August 2020

New study contradicts assumptions of constant element conditions in the oceans

The compositional ratios of elements such as magnesium, calcium or strontium in seawater are an important means for the reconstruction of past oceanic processes. So far it …


Black box larval physiology of sea urchins

24. August 2020

DFG funds an Emmy Noether junior research group led by Kiel marine researcher Meike Stumpp

The German Research Foundation (DFG) recently approved the establishment of a new Emmy Noether junior research group at Kiel University (CAU). The marine …


Short wind turns with strong cooling effect

30. July 2020

Why the ocean in the tropics is often colder than expected

Why is the sea surface temperature of the northern tropics in the summer months often lower than expected? This question was investigated by a German-American team of scientists led by the …


Climate predictions several years into the future?

21. July 2020

A study from Kiel reveals potential and mechanisms

In five years, will the winter be mild, and will the following summer be rainy? Unfortunately, reliable answers to such questions are not possible, despite the progress in climate science. …


New position for Dr. Jörn Schmidt, Center for Ocean and Society, Kiel University

28. June 2020

Dr. Jörn Schmidt, a fisheries biologist and scientist at the Center for Ocean and Society (Kiel Marine Science) at the Kiel University (CAU), will move to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Copenhagen on July 1st. …


Towards Gender Equality in Marine Sciences

17. June 2020

The Baltic Gender project presents new means and tested approaches

Marine Sciences—like other natural sciences—are still a male-dominated field with a significant lack of women in leadership and decision-making positions. The EU project Baltic …


What's good for the oceans is good for humans

11. June 2020

Healthy oceans - important basis for many processes on Earth

The exploitation of planet Earth is no longer limited to terrestrial areas. Ruthless over-exploitation is also increasingly taking place in the marine realm. The ocean is being overfished, …


Plastic in the deep sea: Virtually unaltered after a quarter of a century

10. June 2020

First long-term study on plastic degradation in a water depth of more than 4000 meter

Even in the most remote regions of the oceans plastic debris can be found. But usually it is impossible to determine how long they have been lying on the seabed. Up …


Rainwater flushes microplastics into the Kiel Fjord

27. May 2020

First long-term study on microplastic distribution in surface water published

Tatters of shopping bags, lost bottle caps, empty handkerchief packs - the larger plastic garbage immediately catches the eye when lying on the beach or swimming in the …