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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel explores the global ocean from the seafloor to the atmosphere to understand the ocean system and enable the development of sustainable solutions for pressing societal issues. Its research and its commitment to knowledge and technology transfer contribute significantly to preserving the function of the ocean and safeguarding it for future generations. GEOMAR research covers a unique range of physical, chemical, biological and geological ocean processes. Members of the four research divisions Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor cooperate in the three core themes Ocean and Climate, Marine Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycles and Ocean Threats and Benefits.

KMS Keyvisual
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KMS Keyvisual

Kiel Marine Science (KMS)

Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is the Center for Interdisciplinary Marine Science. As an an interdisciplinary and interfaculty priority research area at Kiel University KMS performs a central coordinating role for all researchers in natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences whose work concerns oceans, coasts, and their interaction with humanity. Associated research groups have expertise in fields such as climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics, informatics, economics, law, and social science. Altogether, KMS is comprised of over 70 research groups from seven faculties and more than 26 research institutes. Kiel Marine Science develops strategies for the sustainable use and conservation of ocean systems at the interface between humanity and the sea.

KMS memebers combine their expertise in five thematic groups, Coasts, Governance, Blue Bioeconomy, Digital Ocean and Biological Marine Systems. Scientists from Kiel Marine Science are integrated into and hold leadership roles in inter- and transdisciplinary research projects. In these projects, they cooperate with university researchers as well as with external and international partners, actors from civil society, politics, government, and corporations. Using the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS), a cross-faculty platform of KMS, the transfer of research results is achieved together with stakeholders from different interest groups. The Center for Ocean and Society conducts research focussing on the topics of Marine and Coastal Resource Economy, Marine and Coastal Geohazards and Marine Food Security. Additionally, KMS promotes larger research projects on key themes in marine, coastal, and climate research through its own programmes and tenders through the Future Ocean Network, with a particular focus on the interface between humanity and the sea.