As of 01.03.2021, two new institutes were founded, which emerged from the former Institute of Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas. Prof. Kay-Christian Emeis, who led the former institute for eleven years, retired at the end of February. The two new institutes are headed by Prof. Ralf Ebinghaus and Prof. Helmuth Thomas and their work is located in the Helmholtz research field „Earth and Environment“.
In the Institute of Coastal Environmental Chemistry, pollutants are identified and their sources, transport pathways and dispersion in the marine environment are studied.
The focus of the new Institute of Carbon Cycles is on the study of material and energy fluxes in coastal seas: specifically carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and other nutrients, as well as selected trace metals and isotopes.
For more information on the new institutes and their management, please see the press release of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.