Endangered ecosystem: a tropical coral reef.

© Lisa Röpke / ZMT

The high-profile area addresses the role of the oceans and coastal waters, the Polar Regions and the atmosphere in the context of global change as well as in the geological past and present. There is also a focus on the development of large research equipment for Marine, Polar and Climate Research.

Examples for this are the remote-controlled underwater robots that act as the eyes and arms of researchers in the deep-sea environment, or even mobile drilling facilities that can fetch up core samples from depths of up to 2,000 meters. In addition, scientists explore the atmosphere with satellite-supported remote sensing – and in the marine ecosystem they research the adaptation strategies of selected microorganisms.

The core of the high-profile area “Marine, Polar and Climate Research” are the DFG Research Center and Cluster of Excellence MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, the Institute for Environmental Physics (IUP) and BreMare (Bremen Marine Ecology - Center for Research & Education) of the University of Bremen as well as the U Bremen Research Alliance partners Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History (DSM) Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research (ZMT) and Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI MM).

Institutions involved in this area:

Universität Bremen
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research
German Maritime Museum
Alfred Wegener Institute