GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research was founded in January 2004 through the merger of the Institut für Meereskunde (IfM) and the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR). The institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association and employs more than 750 scientific and technical staff.
The institutes’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans and adjacent seas. GEOMAR cooperates closely with the University of Kiel in the education of future marine scientists.
The institute has four major research divisions:
Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics Marine Biogeochemistry Marine Ecology Dynamics of the Ocean Floor.
In addition, GEOMAR contributes to the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and the collaborative research centre SFB754: “Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean”, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).