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First comprehensive microplastic survey in the Baltic Sea underway

On August 17, an IOW team headed out on the research vessel POSEIDON for a survey of microplastic in the Baltic Sea that includes up to 50 sampling stations.


Gotcha! Microbial “methane eaters” use gas bubbles to rise from the seafloor into the water column

Novel bubble catcher provides proof of a so far unknown transport process, with potential implications for the reduction of the greenhouse gas methane in the marine environment


Cold „Hotspots“: METEOR expedition takes a close look at upwelling zones in the Baltic Sea

On July 23, the METEOR set to sea for her second big research cruise this year. Under IOW lead the German research vessel will spend the first month in the Baltic Sea, where the research will focus on biochemical processes of upwelling zones.


BaltCoast: New European project aims at the development of integrated approaches between exploiting and protecting the Baltic Sea

BaltCoast gathers partners from seven Baltic Sea countries looking for new action strategies for politicians and authorities. A first meeting on April 12 – 15, 2015, at the IOW will bring together 30 scientists.


Research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE starts for the 100th cruise

Almost four years ago, the IOW commissioned the new research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE. Now it will set off for its 100th research cruise.


Oxygen arrived at the bottom of the Central Baltic Sea

Two and a half months after oxygen rich North Sea water entered the Baltic Sea, IOW scientists measure its effect in the Gotland Basin.


A salt water inflow of astonishing dimensions

Season´s greetings from the North Sea turned out to be the third largest salt water inflow since beginning of oceanographic observations in the Baltic Sea.


Measuring a major salt water inflow in realtime

For the second time this year, the deep water of the Baltic Sea is ventilated by North Sea water which is rich in oxygen. According to the Warnemünde oceanographers, the on-site findings let hope for record breaking dimensions.


What happens to the NAO?

Recent statistical analyses reveal loss of predictability

A recently published article in the journal „frontiers in ecology and evolution“ by Joachim Dippner, Caroline Möller and Ingrid Kröncke showed by statistical analyses that the close coupling between climatic and biological data as it was valid for the period between 1977 – 2000 no longer is detectable in the following years.


„Science Camp Warnemünde 2014“: Getting school students to marine science

The Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) and the UNESCO school project  „Baltic Sea Project“ (BSP)  invited 50 school students and 10 teachers from Denmark, Estonia and Germany to join the „Science Camp 2014“ from September 15-19 in Warnemünde.