Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School 2018
The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School is a joint initiative of three research institutes, namely NIOZ, AWI and ICBM, as well as the Waddenacademie.
[18.08. - 31.08.18] Flyer:Flyer Summer School 2108


Dr. Holger Freund, head of the ICBM research group Geoecology, has been elected chair at the annual general meeting of the German Mellumrat society. The election took place on 10 March at the Dangast National Park House in the village of Dangast, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski and Dr. Katharina Pahnke-May, (both ICBM), have been appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation (DFG) as members of the newly established „Review Panel Research Vessels“. 


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Latest News

Warming blanket in the ocean

Satellites are generally applied devices for the measurement of ocean surface temperatures. They are also widely used to assess sea surface salinities. In many cases up to now, lower salinity at the sea surface has been attributed to precipitation events. An international team around ICBM scientist Oliver Wurl has now provided evidence that suchlike findings cannot be generally interpreted that way. This is particularly the case if the ocean is covered by large patches of microbial blooms of several square kilometres extent, which also alter sea surface temperatures. The findings now have been published in the recent online issue of Geophysical Research Letters.

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16.05.2018 – ICBM

METEOR cruise M147 comes to its end

The 147th RV METEOR expedition led scientists of ICBM, amongst team members of other research facilities, to the Amazon estuary. On whit sunday, 20 May, cruise M 147 will come to its end in Belém, Brazil. What made the estuary of the biggest stream on earth such attractive to the scientists? In his blog, local consultant Clive Maguire also lets us hear some vivid reports of the scientists aboard.more

14.05.2018 – ICBM

A team from ICBM exploring the Amazon estuary

The Amazon is the largest river on Earth. About 20 per cent of the freshwater that flows from the continents into the world oceans comes from this gigantic tropical river. Together with the fluvial waters, large amounts of nutrients and plant debris are carried into the Atlantic. A recently discovered coral reef in the depths of the Atlantic and productive fish stocks directly depend on these inputs. Scientists and students from ICBM and the University UENF in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) investigate on board of the German research vessel Meteor how organic debris from the Amazon influences marine ecosystems in the Atlantic. more

24.04.2018 – ICBM

Microbes from the oceanic crust eat what is left over by others

It is known for quite some time that most bacteria of the open ocean "despise" dissolved organic matter. However, microorganisms from porous areas of the oceanic crust utilize a major part of these specific carbon compounds – most of them being excretory and decomposition products of marine algae and bacteria. The recent findings of an international study in which participated researchers of the ICBM-MPI Bridging Group Marine Geochemistry Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar and Dr. Helena Osterholz, have been published in the recent issue of the scientific journal Nature Geoscience.more



  • 30.05.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: An emerging view on thaumarchaeal lipids as biomarkers and geochemical proxy
    Martin Könneke (Universität Bremen)
  • 06.06.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: Biodiversity and lifestyles of free-living and particle-attached bacterioplan ...
    Astrid Gärdes (Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung, Bremen)
  • 07.06.2018: Tag des Meeres»
  • 13.06.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: Red Sea Research Center, Saudi Arabia The metaorganism imperative - we are no ...
    Christian Voolstra (Red Sea Research Center, Saudi Arabia)
  • 14.06.2018 16:00:00: Kolloqium: tba
    Michael Sieber (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)
  • 15.06.2018: ICBM-Volleyball-Tournament and BBQ

    Volleyball 14-18 h BBQ 18-23 h

  • 20.06.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: Chasing Water: Lagrangian tracking of plastic and plankton through the global ...
    Prof. Dr. Erik van Sebille (Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • 27.06.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: The Cryptoshere - viable spores in deep geothermal waters not detectable by s ...
    Henrik Sass (University of Cardiff, U.K.)
  • 04.07.2018 17:00:00: Kolloqium: Hydrothermal systems at shallow volcanic arcs and their role for the fluxes a ...
    Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky-Fritsche (Jacobs Universität, Bremen)
  • 16.07.2018 - 17.07.2018: Marine 'omics Workshop»
  • 12.09.2018 - 14.09.2018: Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School 2018»
  • 08.10.2018: ICBM PhD Day

Real time data Spiekeroog

Last probe 25.05.2018 02:21
Air temperature16.1° C
Air pressure1020 hPa
Water temperature18.2° C
Wind speed8.7m/s
Wind directionNO 52.2°