The IOW is an independent research institution specializing in interdisciplinary study of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, our work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. The institute is divided into four sections: physical oceanography, marine chemistry, biological oceanography, and marine geology. Our researchers also teach at the universities of Rostock and Greifswald.
Due to the corona pandemic, the IOW has reorganised its operations so that the majority of its employees works from home. Until further notice, the known distance and hygiene rules apply.This includes the wearing of a mouth-nose cover everywhere in the IOW as soon as more than one person is present.
Guests and students may only be admitted with a special permit.