Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck is Chairman of the Research Unit Physical Oceanography of the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrums für Ozeanforschung Kiel and Professor for Oceanography at Christian Albrechts University Kiel. His research interests focus on integrated ocean observation, ocean dynamic and climate variability, and sustainable development of the ocean.


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since 2007

Speaker of the Kiel Excellence Cluster “The Future Ocean”


Deputy Director, Leibniz-Institute for Marine Science (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel), Kiel

since 2004

Professor, Research Division Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, and Chairman of the Research Unit Physical Oceanography, Leibniz-Institute for Marine Science (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel), Kiel


Guest researcher at the "Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation" (CSIRO) in Hobart, Australien


Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University


Postdoctoral fellow at MIT; Prof. J. Marshall


Ph.D. candidate in Physical Oceanography at IfM Kiel


Diplom in Physical Oceanography


Studies at Christian Albrechts Universität Kiel


Abitur, Gymnasium Soltau


  • Co-Chair of Science Platform Sustainability 2030 of Germany (supported by German Committee Future Earth)
  • Member of the Leadership Council of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
  • Member of the Governing Board of International Science Councils (ISC)
  • Member of the ICSU Strategy committee Scientific Committee On Problems Of The Environment (until 2018)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of WCRP
  • Member of the Future Earth Transition Team (the interim governing body of the new global sustainability initiative Future Earth, 2012-2013)
  • Member of the National Committee For Global Change Research (2009-2013)
  • Speaker of the interdisciplinary network Kiel Earth Institute
  • Since 2010 member of AGU Ocean Science Section Executive Committee
  • Chair of the organizing committee of the World Climate Conference (2008-2009)
  • Since 2007 member of the DFG Senatskommission für Ozeanographie
  • Member of the DFG Council For Atmosphere And Ocean Research (2008-2012)


Research Projects (selection)

  • Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation & Management
  • MoLab - Ein modulares multidisziplinäres Meeresbooden-Observatorium
  • NORDATLANTIK: Labrador Sea Boundary Current Timeseries
  • THOR: 'Thermohaline Overturning - at Risk'
  • SFB 754:'Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Oceans', Leiter des SP:'Dipycnal Mixing and Along Slope Spreading at the Southern Rim of the Guinea Upwelling Region: A Tracer Release Experiment'



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Publications Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

  • Chairman

    Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Francois Buscot

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Anita Engels

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Hostert

  • Mitglied

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel

  • Ex-Officio

    Dr. Bettina Schmalzbauer

  • Ex-Officio

    Dr. Christiane Joerk