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.