Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Martin Claus

Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel
Phone: +49 431-600 4008

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Information about Prof. Dr. Martin Claus


Martin Claus studied meteorology at Kiel University. In 2016, he received his PhD in physical oceanography, also at CAU. He then became a postdoctoral researcher in SFB 754 (Climate-Biogeochemical Interactions in the Tropical Ocean) at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Since 2017, he is an assistant professor for Theoretical Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR and CAU.

Research questions

Martin Claus' research focuses on both the forcing and the variability of currents in the ocean. To understand the processes relevant for this, numerical models of the ocean are applied and developed and related to observations of the real ocean.

His current research questions are:

  • How do the different current variabilities in the tropical Atlantic interact with each other?
  • How do climate modes, such as El Niño Southern Oscillation, change and how are their effects modulated by the background climatic state?
  • How can scientific data analysis and numerical ocean models be made fit for the computer systems and requirements of the future?
Current Research

KMS on campus



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