CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

Third SOPRAN annual meeting at the ZMAW Industrialization and Ocean change


How do dust and increasing air pollution influence the ocean? Against the background of global change since the beginning of industrialization, oceanographers and atmospheric scientists of the BMBF joint research project „SOPRAN - Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene“ are investigating the biogeochemical interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere.

The SOPRAN project combines the expertise of scientists from the areas of physics, chemistry and biology from 11 institutes in Germany, and the KlimaCampus is participating with several teams. Particularly chemists and physicists specializing in atmospheric research, physical oceanographers and marine ecologists are creating a scientific basis in SOPRAN to evaluate the consequences of climate change for the ocean.

Biogeochemical processes mediate a number of interactions between the hydrosphere and the atmosphere which involve gaseous or particulate matter. Some of these interactions can have far-reaching effects within ecosystems. This is especially relevant in connection with global climate change.

For example, changes in the dust content of the atmosphere can have strong regional fertilization effects and thus influence ocean productivity or have effects on the radiation balance. If this leads to changes in light or heat input into the ocean, it can also affect ocean currents. Changes in the emissions or the uptake of trace gases (e.g. of CO2) can affect the chemistry of the troposphere and the chemical composition and biology of the upper ocean layers. These feedbacks have effects on the atmospheric composition as well as on oceanic productivity and the climate.
The research project SOPRAN joins different research institutes and supports innovative research and a new, young generation of scientists. Important contributions to the meeting on March 23rd and 24th were made by members of the KlimaCampus. Prof. Inga Hense (IHF) and Prof. Felix Ament (MI) gave „SOPRAN Overview Talks“. Iris Hinrichs (IfM) and Markus Kreus (GKSS) gave „Student Highlight Talks“.

"We´ll be back", said Prof. Dr. Doug Wallace, the coordinator of SOPRAN, expressing his praise for the good results of the meeting together with his intention of keeping in good contact with the KlimaCampus. He thanked the team around Dr. Martin Gade for the excellent organization of the meeting. Hamburg showed its most charming side after the long icy winter, which surely contributed to the good spirits of the 60 participants.