Kiel Cluster of Excellence Future Ocean gets funding for phase II
Kiel, 15 June 2012:
Champagne bottles were opened after the announcement by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on June 15 to fund the Excellence Cluster "Future Ocean" for a second five-year period. The DFG also announced continued funding for the Excellence Cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces" and the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes". The application for the Cluster "Materials for Life" did not win, but Nano and Surface Sciences with heavy involvement of the Chemistry and Physics Departments will remain the fourth research focus of CAU.
How do micro-scale processes at ocean interfaces affect fluxes of climate-relevant substances? This is the key question of the new Research Area R7: Ocean Interfaces of Future Ocean, where Physical Chemistry is of central importance. The research combines state-of-the-art molecular, microbiological and biogeochemical analytical techniques, laser spectroscopy, micro- and mesocosm experimentation, in-situ measurements and theoretical modeling. Three research foci have been identified:
Focus 1 investigates formation, retention and emission processes of climate-relevant substances.
Focus 2 links biological imprints on extracellular organic matter to interface properties by investigating the accumulation of organic substances and their intense microbial transformation in the surface ocean boundary layer.
Focus 3 investigates (i) chemical aspects of the ocean as a major source and sink for radiatively and chemically active atmospheric trace gases and (ii) the specific roles of the prevalent organic microlayer in sea-air gas exchange processes and as a biochemical reactor.
Link to CAU press release.
Link to Future Ocean homepage.
Link to research area R7: Ocean Interfaces for more information on our research goals.