GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world’s leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. The mission of GEOMAR is to investigate the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes in the oceans and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere.

With this spectrum ranging from the deep sea to the atmosphere, GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the institute is bridging the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. Currently, GEOMAR has a staff of about 750, including 400 scientists.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure of GEOMAR includes four research vessels, two remotely operated underwater vehicles with diving depths down to 6000 meters, an autonomous underwater vehicle with a depth range of 6000 meters, the only manned research submersible in Germany (400 m diving depth) as well as a large number of specialized instruments and technologies for ocean research.

The overarching research topics of GEOMAR include: (1) the role of the ocean in climate change, (2) human impact  on marine ecosystems, (3) biological, mineral and energy resources as well as (4) natural marine hazards. GEOMAR works world-wide in all oceans within an international network of scientific partners.



Wischhofstr. 1-3
24148 Kiel

Director: Prof. Dr. Peter Herzig

Public Relations:
Dr. Andreas Villwock
Tel: +49 431 / 600 -2802
Email: ed.ramoeg@kcowlliva

Research Vessels


The research cutter LITTORINA is property of the University of Kiel and is operated by the GEO...



The research boat POLARFUCHS is property of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute and initially served ...



The POSEIDON was built in 1976 and belongs to the pool of midsize German research vessels. The...



ECORD Summer Schools

On behalf of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) an annual Summer Scho...


Physics of the Earth System

Meteorology – Ozeanography – Geophysics...


Climate Physics

The study of climate physics (meteorology and physical oceanography) will provide students wit...