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MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental
Sciences, University of Bremen

MARUM aims at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans within the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of the ocean. MARUM operates one of three sediment core archives existing worldwide within the framework of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program IODP. Together with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research MARUM also run the data information system PANGAEA. The centre applies state-of-the-art instruments for deep sea research which are constantly being refined. These include the deep sea drill rigs MARUM-MeBo as well as remotely and autonomously operated underwater vehicles. The international Graduate School GLOMAR (“Global Change in the Marine Realm”) aims at educating excellent young scientists. Last but not least, MARUM maintains a science communication department to serve the general public, media, teachers, and students.


Facts and figures:

  • MARUM comprises the DFG Research Centre and the Cluster of Excellence “The Ocean in the Earth System”.
  • Year of foundation: 1996
  • Staff: 350
  • Cooperation: 
    -Regional:
       amongst others with Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre
       for Polar and Marine Research (AWI); 
       Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology.
    -National:
      German Marine Research Consortium.
    -International:
      NIOZ/Netherlands, Ifremer/France, MBARI/USA,
      University of Waikato/New Zealand.