With this spectrum, ranging from the deep sea to the atmosphere, GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the centre is bridging the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. Currently, GEOMAR has a staff of about 1,000 and an annual budget of 80 Mio. Euros.
The state-of-the-art infrastructure of GEOMAR includes three research vessels, remotely and autonomous operated underwater vehicles, the only manned research submersible in Germany as well as a large number of specialized instruments and technologies for ocean and deep-sea research.
The overarching research topics of GEOMAR include: the role of the ocean in climate change, human impact on marine ecosystems, biological, mineral and energy resources as well as plate tectonics and natural hazards. GEOMAR works world-wide in all oceans within an international network of scientific partners.
The research and work of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel mainly contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 14.