About usThe Department of Oceanography is located at the Research Division 1 of the University of Bremen and is part of the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP).
The ocean influences our climate in many ways. Oceanic currents transport large amounts of heat around the globe and cause an additional heating or cooling of the continents. The ocean takes up considerable amounts of greenhouse gases that otherwise would be stored within the atmosphere and thereby would contribute to the heating of the atmosphere. We investigate changes in these climate-relevant processes in the ocean by applying a wide spectrum of modern experimental methods and oceanic mobile long-term observatories like the NOAC array presently installed in the North Atlantic along 47°N and further extended in the near future.
Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State GovernmentsIn June 2012 the University of Bremen was upgraded to be a "University of Excelence", and the Excellence Cluster dealing with marine sciences, "The Ocean in the Earth System - MARUM", was funded for another five years. The Department of Oceanography contributes to this Excellence Cluster within a sub-project affiliated to the section "Ocean and Climate". It expands existing expertise with respect to investigating variations in the formation of North Atlantic Deep Water. This is done by a comparison of observations and model analyses from the Nordic Seas and the subpolar North Atlantic.
FundingOur research is part of national and international programmes and is mainly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Science Foundation (DFG), and the European Union (EU).
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