Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg
The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is the only academic marine research institute in the state of Lower Saxony. Its facilities are located both in Oldenburg and in the coastal city of Wilhelmshaven.
Research at ICBM deals with the oceans as a part of the earth system and contributes to a better understanding of the complex relationships between global matter fluxes and marine ecosystems. Analysis, theoretical description and numerical modeling of ecosystem behavior under the influence of the flux processes are principal elements of the interdisciplinary basic research of the institute.
The main scientific focus of ICBM is the transitional zone between land and ocean. Geochemists, microbiologists, ecologists and mathematical modelers engage in coordinated efforts of investigating the tidal basins of the Wadden Sea and the North Sea in order to unravel the processes shaping the morphology as well as the biological habitats. In doing so, they aim at providing answers to urging questions regarding the future of the North Sea in times of global change.
Fundamental studies in microbiology as well as the marine biodiversity are additional fields of research. Moreover, the institute is devoted to the development of sensor technologies for marine research and monitoring.