Excellence Cluster MARUM

The excellence cluster “The Oceans in the Earth System - MARUM“ builds on the DFG research center “Ocean Margins“ that has been supported since 2001. The aim of this cluster of excellence is to gain a better understanding of the role oceans play in the global system of the Earth.

The Earth is a complex dynamic system. Its oceans, biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere as well as the ice caps at the poles and its different continents are all somehow connected in a close mesh of interaction. Despite the fact that the oceans play a crucial role in the Earth’s system, large parts of the ocean margins and continental slopes are still unexplored. In contrast to exploration on land, observation and sampling in the ocean depths calls for the deployment of special technologies such as remote-controlled or even autonomous underwater robots, camera systems and so-called ‘landers’ which are lowered to the ocean bed to carry out measurements. MARUM has access to an array of cutting-edge technology and equipment in this category.

Geo-scientific analysis is carried out within the excellence cluster in order to arrive at a better understanding of the impact of oceans on the Earth’s system. In pursuit of this common objective, the excellence cluster “The Oceans in the Earth System“ and the DFG research center “Ocean Margins“ have joined together under the roof of MARUM, a Bremen University institute. MARUM undertakes research projects in close cooperation with other University research units and other renowned partners located in the North West of Germany, among others the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Center for Marine Tropical Ecology (Leibniz Institute).