Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften an der Universität Kiel, Germany (IFM-GEOMAR)
IFM-GEOMAR was founded in January 2004 through the merger of the Institut für Meereskunde (IFM) and the Research Centre for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR). IFM-GEOMAR’s overall mission is the multidisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology through physical, chemical and biological oceanography to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans. The IFM-GEOMAR employs around 500 people. Within the national Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” the institute investigates in an interdisciplinary approach the consequences of human activity (including climate change) on the marine ecosystem. Important research infrastructure includes 4 research vessels, several laboratories, and a public aquarium. In addition, IFM-GEOMAR scientists have access to Germany’s fleet of large research vessels (Sonne, Meteor, Merian, Polarstern).
Within the framework of SHIVA the IFM-GEOMAR research will focus on (1) seawater and air measurements in the western Pacific and on Cape Verde, (2) calculation of oceanic VSLS emissions (3) creation of a global database for short-lived halocarbons (4) investigating parameterisations of oceanic VSLS (5) assessing potential future changes in VSLS emissions (6) calculation of transport processes in a future climate.
Tasks within SHIVA:
- Coordination of work package 3
- Coordinator of the ship campaign
- Air and sea-water flux measurements of VSLS (WP-2)
- Inter-calibration initiative of the instruments (WP-2)
- Emission inventories (WP-3)
- Analysis of future climate changes of the VSLS fluxes and transport pathways (WP-6)
- The institute will provide IPCC AOGCM runs and contribute to the analysis of the future climate change with particular emphasis on the role of the ocean