Scientists in the Polar Biological Oceanography Section are building a new understanding of how polar ecosystems will respond to climate change.
Our research foci include
- the biogeochemistry and ecology of sea ice, links to the pelagic system and environmental factors controlling these interactions
- the interaction of polar ecology with the global climate through plankton productivity and particle sedimentation to the deep ocean, a process known as the Biological Pump, and
- the diversity and ecophysiology of key polar organisms, which illuminates the limits to adaptation that is possible under climate change.
We explore the biology of polar plankton, its role in the ecology of the Polar Oceans as well as its efficiency in stimulating the biological pump which is, in fact, mitigating the greenhouse effect.
Phyto- und protist plankton ecology in the Southern Ocean
Image analysis as well as molecular measurement processes are, among other diversified equipment and methods, our tools to examine biodiversity in polar ecosystems, for example in sea ice or in the water column.