MARUM, the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at University of Bremen aims at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans within the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of the ocean. MARUM comprises the DFG research center and the cluster of excellence "The Ocean in the Earth System". The following institutions work closely together in the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) and the DFG Research Center “Ocean Margins” since 1996 and 2001, respectively: the Department of Geosciences and other departments at the University of Bremen, the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, the Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, the Leibniz Center for Marine Tropical Ecology in Bremen and the Research Institute Senckenberg am Meer in Wilhelmshaven.
MARUM aims at unravelling the role of the oceans in the Earth system by employing state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans in the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for a sustainable use of the ocean. The research focuses on the ocean margins and the adjacent abyssal plains. The ocean margins reach from the coasts across the shelf and continental slope to the continental rise. Studies focus on three research areas: Ocean and Climate, Geo-Biosphere Interactions, and Sediment Dynamics. The research themes range from environmental changes during the past 65 million years to the impact of recent coastal construction, and from microbial degradation in the sediment and interactions between seepage and deep-sea ecosystems to large-scale sediment mass wasting along continental margins.
MARUM will bring its expertise to NeXOS on the development of underwater platforms and systems, including geo- and acoustic sensors, sensor systems and system engineering in the framework of ocean observatories. New high-quality technologies play an increasingly important role in marine research.