Kiel Marine Science


World Heritage Sites threatened by rising sea levels

Oct 16, 2018

Die UNESCO Weltkulturerbestätte Venedig und seine Lagune ist eine der durch Sturmfluten und Küstenerosion meistgefährdetsten Welterbestätten im Mittelmeeraum. Die Gefährdung wird durch den voranschreitenden Meeresspiegelanstieg im Laufe diesen Jahrhunderts weiter verschärft. © Lena Reimann, Sally Brown

Kiel-based study shows: danger posed by storm surges could increase by up to 50 percent

In the Mediterranean region, there are numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in low-lying coastal areas. These include, for example, the Venetian Lagoon, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the ruins of Carthage. In the course of the 21st century, these sites will increasingly be at risk by storm surges and increasing coastal erosion due to sea-level rise. This is the conclusion of one of the first large-scale studies, carried out by doctoral researcher Lena Reimann from the Department of Geography at Kiel University (CAU), together with Professor Athanasios Vafeidis and international partners. The team published their results in the current issue (Tuesday 16 October) of the renowned journal Nature Communications. Read more

New substances discovered in marine fungi from the North Sea

Jul 16, 2018

New substances discovered in marine fungi from the North Sea

Kiel researchers discover unknown gene cluster of two marine species of fungi as a possible basis for new active substances

The ocean is not only a source of mineral raw materials. The world's oceans also hold a hardly-researched but significant potential for the acquisition of new substances from marine organisms such as fungi, which can be used in medicine, cosmetics or crop protection. In the search for unknown substances from the sea, researchers from Kiel University (CAU) and their international colleagues have analysed the genome of two marine fungi from the Wattenmeer (Wadden Sea) in the North Sea for the first time, the species Calcarisporiumsp. and Pestalotiopsissp.. In doing so, they managed to decode new gene clusters that encode for so-called secondary metabolites - an important basis for the development of new drugs. The results were published today (Thursday 5 July) in the journal Scientific Reports. Hier weiterlesen


Jun 04, 2018


Digital humanities are a rapidly evolving field of study, defined mainly by the use of computer-based methods and digital resources in humanities and cultural studies. While digital humanities have been considered a threat to and/or huge opportunity for classical humanities, they also entail innovative potential for the study of narratives in many subjects of humanities, social sciences, and beyond.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds to comprehensively discuss these approaches. Keeping in mind that participants start from different points of departure, the workshop is structured around introductory presentations and provides plenty of room for questions and answers. Read more

Marine Researchers from Germany met in Kiel

May 09, 2018

Teaser deutsche Meeresforschung

Symposium and christening of a research yacht in memory of marine geologist Eugen Seibold

In honor of Eugen Seibold, who is regarded as the founder of the modern marine geosciences in Germany, a high-ranking symposium took place in Kiel on May 11, 2018. Seibold (May 11, 1918 - October 23, 2013) has trained and shaped generations of oceanographers, and would have been 100 years old this year. Following the symposium, a new offshore research yacht will be christened "Eugen Seibold". Hier weiterlesen

Exhibition April 16th to May 14th Failure with added value - From the shoals of maritime inventions

Apr 16, 2018

Von den Untiefen maritimer Erfindungen aus Kiel

An exhibition by students of the History Department of Kiel University on the success story of initially failed maritime inventions.

Since the middle of the 19th century, shipping has changed fundamentally: new inventions conquered the world market and ensured faster and safer shipping traffic. But not all innovations took place without difficulties at the beginning. The exhibition focuses on maritime inventions from Kiel, which initially failed for a variety of reasons, and reveals the amazing success stories behind the apparent failures - failure with added value. Hier weiterlesen

Coasts in Transition– Symposium in Berlin addresses challenges for coastal marine research

Feb 27, 2018


Küste im wandel

From 28th of February to the 2nd of March, leading coastal researchers met at the Environmental Forum in Berlin for the 2nd symposium "Coastal Research" with the focus "Coasts in Transition." The event supports the "MARE: N - Coastal Regions" agenda process developed by the BMBF, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and was organized by the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) with substantial participation from the KDM Strategy Group "Coast". Read more

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