Oceans are as important for life on earth as land itself. Not only do oceans provide food for billions of people worldwide, they also are the primary source for rainfall on land. Oceans are the most important factor determining global weather variability, they cover large parts of our global fossil fuel reserves, while at the same time serving as an important carbon sink buffering climate change. Moreover, most of the trade routes cross the ocean surface. Finally, the ocean is a vast reservoir of sediments that record past climate and associated ocean temperature and circulation.
Extremely divers research
Ocean research within WCE is extremely diverse:
- it varies from understanding global ocean circulation and sea-level dynamics;
- to studying the effects of climate change and nutrient input on the ocean’s chemistry and plankton communities;
- to studying the global ocean carbon sink;
- to understanding ocean food webs and their resilience to disturbance by climate and mankind;
- and to understand the geology band geochemistry of oceans of the past.