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



MIDAS (Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation)


EU funded FP7 project

Duration: 01.11.2013 - 31.10.2016

Coordinator: Phil Weaver, Seascape Consultants Ltd, UK


The MIDAS project will investigate the environmental impacts of extracting mineral and energy resources from the deep-sea environment. This includes the exploitation of materials such as polymetallic sulphides, manganese nodules, cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, methane hydrates and the potential mining of rare earth elements.


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



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