Kiel Marine Science

About Kiel Marine Science (KMS)

About Kiel Marine Science (KMS)


Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University. As one of four priority research areas at the University, KMS is the organizational unit of the marine researchers. These are 41 research groups (led by the KMS members) at seven faculties and 18 institutes. KMS research groups cover expertise from areas such as climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics and computer science, economics as well as law and social sciences.

The complexity of the ocean within the earth system requires this broad orientation in ocean research. The ocean exerts, for example, a dominating influence on the global climate, it is a raw material and food provider and has the potential to pose great threats. With all its functions, the ocean plays a key role for humankind around the world. On the other hand, the ocean is greatly influenced by human activity such as CO2 emissions, overfishing and ocean pollution. KMS marine scientists contribute to a better understanding of these processes and the development of strategies for sustainable use and conservation of the ocean system by their interdisciplinary approaches.

Close cooperation among faculties of Kiel University including the Research and Technology Centre (FTZ) in Büsum / North Sea is also strongly shaped by joint activities in research and teaching at the CAU facilities together with GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. In recent years, two collaborative research centers and the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ arose from this successful cooperation, which includes two other partners, the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

KMS initiates and supports interdisciplinary projects in marine research and is thematically organized in five research focal areas:

  • Coast
  • Governance
  • Blue Bioeconomy
  • Digital Ocean
  • Biological Marine Systems


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Current Research

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