Press reports


A sensational discovery: Traces of rainforests in West Antarctica

01. April 2020

Climate History: New study led by AWI and in cooperation with Kiel University provides unexpected evidence for exceptionally warm climate near the South Pole during the Cretaceous

An international team of researchers led by geoscientists from the …


Where is the plastic in the ocean?

30. March 2020

GEOMAR coordinates new JPI-Oceans project on the distribution of plastic waste in the ocean

It is well known that large quantities of plastic waste are transferred to our seas every year. Where they remain in the oceans is however largely unknown. …


Learn about the ocean from home

23. March 2020

Registration for the English-language online lecture series "One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions" possible at any time

Those who want, in times of retreat, to learn more about the ocean can register at any time for the free …


Rack of the missing Boknis-Eck observatory found

18. February 2020

BSH ship DENEB recovered GEOMAR and HZG sensor node

Two racks equipped with environmental sensors and installations for a power supply disappeared without trace at the end of August 2019. This equipment was installed by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre …


New members join the DAM

12. February 2020

Six research institutions have joined the alliance

Only just founded and already growing: The German Marine Research Alliance (DAM), which was created in 2019, agreed to admit six new members to the DAM at its General Assembly on 12 February in …


Marine Snow as garbage disposal in the Ocean?

24. January 2020

New study on the role of biological particles in the removal of surface microplastics

Even though it might not be visible to the naked eye, microplastic has now been found in most parts of the ocean. But the concentrations near the surface should be …


The Congo is a Major Source of Iron for the Southeast Atlantic

13. January 2020

Study shows surprisingly high fertilisation of the ocean

Iron is an important nutrient for phytoplankton. Where iron concentrations are very low in the ocean, biological production is extremely restricted. Scientists of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre …


Tiny, but effective

08. January 2020

Gelatinous zooplankton makes an important contribution to marine carbon transport

Barely visible to the naked eye, gelatinous zooplankton is an important part of the marine ecosystem. In addition, the small organisms also transport large quantities …


The "air" in the ocean becomes thinner

11. December 2019

Oxygen content in seawater continues to decline

In addition to warming and acidification of seawater, the loss of oxygen in the ocean increasingly leads to a shift in the biological, chemical and physical equilibrium of our oceans. This result was …


EuroSea: Gathering more Knowledge for a sustainable Use of the Ocean

28. November 2019

A new EU project funded with 12m Euros will provide new insight into making ocean observation more efficient

Europe with its long coastlines, many peninsulas, marginal seas, gulfs and bays is closely interlocked with the ocean. In times of sea-level …