GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences.

The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. With this broad spectrum GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the centre has successfully bridged the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. The GEOMAR is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the federal (90 %) and state (10 %) government. GEOMAR has a staff of 1,000 (status on 31 March 2017) and a yearly budget of around 75 Mio. Euro.



The institute has four major research divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, and 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).

The GEOMAR operates four research vessels, state-of-the-art equipment such as the manned submersible JAGO, the deep-sea robots ROV KIEL6000, PHOCA and ABYSS as well as several major laboratories. It has access to high-performance computing facilities and an attractive public aquarium.

GEOMAR is among the three leading institutions in the field of marine sciences in Europe. Jointly with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Ifremer in France, GEOMAR has established the "G3 group" of national marine research centres. In addition, GEOMAR is active in a number of national and international committees and strategic alliances such as the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), the German Climate Consortium (DKK), and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO).

More information on the GEOMAR is available here.