Platforms and marine infrastructure

Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS)

The Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS) conducts interdisciplinary research on the ocean and society and involves societal actors in transdisciplinary projects. A cross-faculty platform of the priority research area Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University, CeOS focuses on Marine and Coastal Resource Economy, Marine and Coastal Geohazards and Marine Food Security.

Marine and Coastal Resource Economy

At the Center for Ocean and Society, researchers are investigating how political decisions affect the trade-off between stakeholders and their interests. The emphasis is on technologies and their potential to aggravate or reduce conflicts. This entails verifying the significance of institutional frameworks to find accepted methods for the management of coastal and marine resources.


Marine and Coastal Geohazards

Scientists at CeOS investigate risks for coastal regions by analyzing deformation and monitoring various parameters of slope stability. Techniques include Hydroacoustics (underwater seismics 2D/3D, sediment echosounder, multibeam bathymetry), UAV mapping with drones and visualization of coastal regions and shallow waters.


Marine Food Security

Classic fishery management focuses on only one species of fish at a time. At the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS), scientists investigate how a multi-species approach and ultimately, a concept for the entire ecosystem can be developed. Communication between science and stakeholders plays an important role — Beginning with the selection of the relevant questions.


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Research and Technology Centre West Coast

The Research and Technology Centre Westcoast (FTZ) in Büsum was founded as a central facility of Kiel University and is dedicated to interdisciplinary and integrative coastal research, mainly in shallow water areas and estuaries. The FTZ puts a particular emphasis on applied research, e.g. on the effects of offshore wind farms on the marine environment, especially on marine mammals and seabirds, or hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics of marine waters, as well as changes in coastal morphology and their prediction with numerical models. The objective is to provide concepts for integrated coastal zone management. In particular, the research departments ECOLAB at FTZ Büsum, respectively headed by Dr. Stefan Garthe (Animal Ecology, Conservation & Science Communication) and Dr. Katja Heubel (Coastal Ecology), are closely connected to the priority research area Kiel Marine Science (KMS).

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Scientific Diving Center

For more than 50 years, research divers have been trained in Kiel for scientifically motivated underwater work in the disciplines of geosciences, underwater archaeology, marine biology, limnology and technology. The research diving group also has comprehensive equipment and infrastructure for the implementation of scientific projects. Whether it‘s for researching the living underwater world, investigating archaeologically significant sites such as shipwrecks, mapping the seafloor or recording film material underwater - in Kiel, divers receive interdisciplinary and integrated training for scientific underwater work - even under extreme conditions. Kiel University‘s scientific diving center is affiliated with the Institute for Geoscience. Its scientific manager is Prof. Christian Winter.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Winter