Swirls in the ocean

Florian Schütte

»My research is concerned with the physical observation of oceanic eddies, which are found everywhere in the world's oceans. If you look at individual small-scale processes in the ocean, it is always impressive to see how the many components of the ocean are locally interlocked with each other. Physics sets a framework, for example in the form of a vortex, to which biogeochemical processes react. These in turn influence biology from small zooplankton to larger predators up to humans. My work centres around these interdisciplinary aspects. They are an important factor for understanding the Earth system holistically, because the small-scale processes have a significant influence on the large-scale circulation. The area under investigation is mainly in the region of the Cape Verde Islands with the adjacent seamounts (underwater volcanic mountains) and off the coast of West Africa.«


Florian Schütte, 36 years old, born in Lübeck. Since January 2023: Professor of Physical Oceanography at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Previously post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. 2016: Doctoral degree at Kiel University.

Text: Kerstin Nees