Our mission is to study the biogeochemistry, biodiversity and functioning deep-sea ecosystems in a changing world. A main focus is to carry out multidisciplinary field studies and experimental work in the polar deep sea.


In December 2008 a Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology of the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society was established to foster the co-operation between the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM) in deep-sea research, and to set up a new research focus on the deep Arctic Ocean.

The Joint Research Group comprises the expertise of the MPI-MM in the area of marine microbiology, the development of new molecular-biological methodologies and in situ sensors together with the capacity of AWI to conduct research in polar environments and to carry out long-term observation in the deep-sea.

This combination enables us to contribute significantly to the study of Global Change effects on deep-sea ecosystems and the exploration of extreme and unknown deep-sea habitats.


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