Kiel Marine Science - Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science, Kiel University
The “Kiel Marine Science – Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University” (KMS) forms the roof over the marine science research focus at Kiel University. KMS coordinates and funds the interdisciplinary exploration of marine scientific topics
The diverse scientific activities of seven faculties outline this research focus. Currently more than 25 research groups from 17 different fields contribute to the research and teaching focus of the University. Natural scientists together with researchers from economics, medicine, law, engineering and IT work on scientific issues concerning the ocean’s role in global change.
Research groups from areas such as physical chemistry examine the gas exchange at the interface between ocean and atmosphere. IT and mathematics help optimize climate and biogeochemical models. Molecular biology, micro biology and physiology groups study the influence of ocean acidification on the biodiversity and ecosystems. Resource economists and fisheries biologists give advice during the reform of the European fisheries policy while lawyers and political scientists contrive governance concepts for the exploitation of living and mineral raw materials. Researchers from philosophy and social scientists develop solutions for a better acceptance of marine environmental research and possible risks as well as the definition of sustainable ocean exploitation.
The University’s integrative approach is assisted by the close and successful cooperation in research and teaching with GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and especially with the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.