Home Port Hamburg: 20 years of interdisciplinary marine and atmospheric research

20.11.2009

It was a varied, amusing and sometimes even touching event: on the 20th birthday of the Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK), the founding director Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sündermann and his successor, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Graßl, reminisced about the beginnings of interdisciplinary marine and climate research in Hamburg.

Around 200 guests, including the Member of Parliament Krista Sager and the previous University Presidents, Dr. Peter Fischer-Appelt and Dr. Jürgen Lüthje, were led through the afternoon by the television moderator, Anja Reschke. A simultaneous birthday to celebrate was that of the Cluster of Excellence and establishment of the KlimaCampus during the past two years.

The Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK) was established on 22 November 1989. It carries out interdisciplinary marine, climate and environmental research and includes the Meteorological Institute, the Institutes for Oceanography, Geophysics, Biogeochemistry and Marine Chemistry, Hydrobiology Fisheries and the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change.

Even then, there were strong links to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the German Climate Computing Centre and the GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, which led to the founding in 2003 of the Centre for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (ZMAW). In October of 2007, the University of Hamburg received notice that the German Research Council had approved funding for the Cluster of Excellence „Integrated Climate Analysis an Prediction (CliSAP) – the nucleus for Hamburg´s KlimaCampus.