The Center for Deep-Sea Research (ZfT) – based on a design by the Bremen-based Haslob Kruse + Partner architectural firm – is to become an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Bremen. In terms of organization, it belongs to the MARUM Research Faculty of the university. Here, marine sciences and climate research are to be further developed in the long term in order to sustainably strengthen the Bremen region as a science and research hub.
“On one side, MARUM, and right next to it, the new Center for Deep-Sea Research: It’s truly an excellent match,” says Bremen’s Senator for Science, Dr. Claudia Schilling. “The new building further underscores Bremen’s unique selling proposition in the German university landscape. Here, research is being conducted on the key environmental issues of the future, and at the same time, the equipment and infrastructure needed to address these issues are being developed.”
The center’s research focus is primarily on questions related to the climate crisis and the roles of the oceans and deep sea in explaining global climate processes. Geological, physical, biological, and chemical processes in the oceans and on the seafloor interact and affect the climate system and the global carbon cycle. Many of these processes have not yet been fully explained.
Dramatic climate change, sea-level rise, and energy production from the oceans are presenting researchers with new complex tasks. A sound scientific understanding of the processes is important in order to meet the challenges posed by environmental changes.
“The new Center for Deep-Sea Research is expected to raise the comprehensive and internationally oriented profile of marine sciences in the Bremen State to a new level,” says Professor Michael Schulz, Director of MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences.
The new building will house offices, seminar rooms, laboratories, a workshop for diving robots, and an extension to the drill core cold storage facility. Before the actual start of the construction project, the area was cleared and the ground had to be prepared. The corona pandemic has delayed the overall project; it is expected that the building will be occupied after a construction period of about two years.
The total cost of the project is approximately 38 million euros, which is shared by the federal government and the Bremen State. This includes funds to purchase a remote-controlled diving robot, which can operate in depths of up to 5,000 meters.
Pictures of the Construction Progress: https://www.marum.de/en/Discover/New-building-Center-for-Deep-Sea-Research-ZfT.html www.uni-bremen.de/en/
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