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Christian Mertens

Research Interests

      - small scale processes and mixing
      - variability of the meridional overturning circulation
      - ocean dynamics at hydrothermal vents
      - time series measurements


     Tel: +49 (0)421 218-62147
     Fax: +49 (0)421 218-62165
     Email: cmertens [at]

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Curriculum Vitae
since 10/2000
research scientist, Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen
07/2000 Ph.D. in physical oceanography, University of Kiel
10/1994-09/2000 research scientist, Institut für Meereskunde (IfM), Kiel
08/1994 diploma in physical oceanography, University of Kiel
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CLIVAR/marin-2 The German Contribution to the International CLIVAR Program
  Integral measurements of the thermohaline circulation intensity in the subtropical North Atlantic

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Walter, M., C. Mertens, U. Stöber, C. R. German, D. R. Yoerger, J. Sültenfuß, M. Rhein, B. Melchert, and E. T. Baker (2009), Rapid dispersal of a hydrothermal plume by turbulent mixing. Deep-Sea Res. I, submitted.
Mertens, C., M. Rhein, M. Walter, and K. Kirchner (2009), Modulation of the Inflow into the Caribbean Sea by North Brazil Current Rings. Deep-Sea Res. I, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2009.03.002, in press.
Kirchner, K., M. Rhein, C. Mertens, C. W. Böning, and S. Hüttl (2008), Observed and modeled MOC related flow into the Caribbean. J. Geophys. Res., 113, C03028, doi:10.1029/2007JC004320.
Melchert, B., C. W. Devey, C. R. German, K. S. Laschkewitz, R. Seifert, M. Walter, C. Mertens, D. R. Yoerger, E. T. Baker, H. Paulick, and K. Nakamura (2008), First evidence for high-temperature off-axis venting of deep crustal/mantle heat: The Nibelungen hydrothermal field, southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 275(1-2), 61-69, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.08.010.
Stöber, U., M. Walter, C. Mertens, and M. Rhein (2008), Mixing estimates from hydrographic measurements in the Deep Western Boundary Current of the North Atlantic. Deep-Sea Res. I, 55(6), 721-736, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2008.03.006.
Haase, K. M., S. Petersen, A. Koschinsky, R. Seifert, C. Devey, N. Dubilier, S. Fretzdorff, D. Garbe-Schönberg, C. R. German, O. Giere, R. Keir, J. Kuever, K. Lackschewitz, J. Mawick, H. Marbler, B. Melchert, C. Mertens, H. Paulick, M. Perner, M. Peters, S. Sander, O. Schmale, T. M. Shank, J. Stecher, H. Strauss, J. Süling, U. Stöber, M. Walter, M. Warmuth, S. Weber, U. Westernströer, D. Yoerger, and F. Zielinski (2007), Young volcanism and related hydrothermal activity at 5°S on the slow-spreading southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.), 8, Q11002, doi:10.1029/2006GC001509.
Koschinsky, A., A. Billings, C. Devey, N. Dubilier, A. Duester, D. Edge, D. Garbe-Schönberg, C. German, O. Giere, R. Keir, K. Lackschewitz, H.A. Mai, H. Marbler, J. Mawick, B. Melchert, C. Mertens, M. Peters, S. Sander, O. Schmale, W. Schmidt, R. Seifert, C. Seiter, U. Stöber, I. Suck, M. Walter, S. Weber, D. Yoerger, M. Zarrouk, F. Zielinski (2006), Discovery of new hydrothermal vents on the Southern Midatlantic Ridge, 4°S-10°S, during cruise M68/1. InterRidge News, 15, 9-15.
Rhein, M., K. Kirchner, C. Mertens, R. Steinfeldt, M. Walter, U. Fleischmann-Wischnath (2005), Transport of South Atlantic water through the passages south of Guadeloupe and across 16°N, 2000-2004. Deep-Sea Res. I, 52(12), 2234-2249, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2005.08.003.
Walter, M., C. Mertens, and M. Rhein (2005), Mixing estimates from a large-scale hydrographic survey in the North Atlantic. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L13605, doi:10.1029/2005GL022471.
Rhein, M., M. Walter, C. Mertens, R. Steinfeldt, and D. Kieke (2004), The circulation of North Atlantic Deep Water at 16°N, 2000 - 2003. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L14305, doi:10.1029/2004GL019993.
Rhein, M., J. Fischer, W. M. Smethie, D. Smythe-Wright, R. F. Weiss, C. Mertens, D.-H. Min, and U. Fleischmann (2002), Labrador Sea Water: Pathways, CFC inventory, and formation rates. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32(2), 648-665.
Mertens, C. (2000), Open--Ocean Convection in the Labrador and Greenland Seas: Plume Scales and Interannual Variability. Dissertation, Universität Kiel, 134 pp. (pdf, auf englisch)
Rhein, M., F. Schott, L. Stramma, J. Fischer, and C. Mertens (1999), Deep Water variability in the subpolar North Atlantic. Int. WOCE Newsletter, 37, 7-9.
Mertens, C. and F. Schott (1998), Interannual variability of deep water formation in the Northwestern Mediterranean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 28(7), 1410-1424.
Albérola, C., C. Millot, U. Send,C. Mertens, and J.-L. Fuda (1996), Comparison of XCTD/CTD data. Deep-Sea Res. I, 43, 859-876.
Send, U., J. Font, and C. Mertens (1996), Recent observation indicates convection's role in deep water circulation. Eos Trans. AGU, 77(7), 61, 65.
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