ABYSS (Assessment of bacterial life and matter cycling in deep-sea surface sediments)

Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC)

Duration: 01.06.2012 – 31.05.2017

Coordination: Antje Boetius, AWI, Bremerhaven


Aims of the ABYSS-Project are to develop a systematic understanding of abyssal sediment bacterial community distribution, diversity, function and dynamic, by combining in situ flux studies and different visualization techniques with a wide range of molecular tools.


Contact: A. Boetius, C. Bienhold, J. Rapp, K. Hoffmann



INTAROS (Integrated Arctic Observation System)


EU funded H2020 project

Duration: 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2021

Coordinator: Stein Sandven, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, NERSC, Norway


The overall objective of the INTAROS project is to build an efficient integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic.


Contact: T. Soltwedel, C. Hasemann, I. Schewe



FixO3 (Fixed-point Open Ocean Observatories)


EU funded FP7 project

Duration: 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2017

Coordinator: Richard Lampitt, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK


The FixO3 project seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor.


Contact: A. Boetius, I. Schewe, F. Janssen, A. Purser



SenseOcean (Marine sensors for the 21st Century)


EU funded FP7 project

Duration: 01.10.2013 - 30.09.2017

Coordinator: Denise Martin, Natural Environment Research Council, UK


SenseOCEAN brings together the leading sensor developers from academia and industry across Europe to enable a quantum leap in worldwide in situ ocean biogeochemical sensor technology. It will produce fundamental innovations in analytical sciences fusing together new techniques for microfabrication, system integration, self calibration and cost-effective mass production.


Contact: F. Wenzhöfer, R. Hoffmann