Research Profile

Research vessel "Heincke" in the North Sea (Photo: Thomas Ronge)
Seabed of the Antarctic Weddell Sea (Photo: C. Richter (AWI), T. Lundälv (Uni Göteborg))
  • What are the effects of climate change on key functions (e.g., biodiversity, energy and matter fluxes) of marine ecosystems?
  • What is the significance of these changes for ecological goods and services that the oceans provide for man?
  • How can scientific knowledge on these issues be best transferred to other stakeholders and the general public?

These are key questions that our research group is addressing, with focus on marine seabed ecosystems in the Arctic, North Sea and Antarctic.

Our basic approach is to develop, implement and utilize ecological information systems and spatial models, to explore the impact of environmental factors on the variability of ecosystem functions in space and time.

In addition, we build customized information products for the knowledge transfer to other stakeholders (decision-makers, industry, schools).