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The strong human-induced perturbations of the global biogeochemical cycles and their interaction with the Earth's climate system provide for a rich set of phenomena, whose study is both scientifically challenging and societally relevant. We address these challenges through a wide palette of methods and approaches, but always working close at the interface between models and observations and with a strong focus on the development of conceptual frameworks. The scales of our interest span the spatial range from regional to global, and extend in time from months to millennia. Our ultimate aim is to develop a coherent understanding of the interactions between the Earth's biogeochemical cycles and the climate system so that we may better understand the past and improve our predicton pf future changes in the environment. Our research is organized around five themes; for more information please select a topic from below:

Research Areas

Climate and ocean dynamics

The world oceans forms a crucial component of the earth's climate system. Our group investigates the dynamics of the oceans and its interaction with other climate system components like the atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere to better understand the ocean's role in the variability of the world's climate. Read more

Coastal Biogeochemistry

Coastal regions are among the most productive ecosystems of the world, yet their contribution to global biogeochemical cycles is poorly understood.  We address this gap using models and observations, focusing on the last century, the present, and the near future. Read more

Ocean Ecosystems and Ecology

Planktonic marine ecosystems today face a host of environmental perturbations, both natural and anthropogenic. We aim to better quantify and forecast effects of modern climate change on ocean ecology using extensive data sets, species distribution modeling, and ecosystem models. Read more

Observations and Global Modeling

The analysis and interpretation of large data sets are among the core competences of our research group. Read more

Biogeochemistry and Climate Change

Heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange between the atmosphere and ocean is a major control on Earth’s climate and increasing atmospheric CO2 and concomitant global warming stimulate uptake of both heat and CO2 by the ocean. Read more

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