GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is the successor of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IfM-Geomar) which 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. The institute has four major research divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, Dynamics of the Ocean Floor.
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 institute 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, access to high performance computing facilities and an attractive public aquarium.
GEOMAR is one of three leading institutions in the field of marine sciences in Europe. Together with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Ifremer in France, GEOMAR has formed the “G3 group” of national marine research centres. GEOMAR cooperates with a number of small companies active in marine technology and science, partly founded by former staff members of the institute.
GEOMAR is active in a number of national as well as international committees and strategic alliances such as the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), the German Climate Consortium (DKK), the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation, JPI Oceans Strategic Advisory Board (chair) and the OceanSITES initiative.