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Institute for Marine Science (IFM), University of Kiel (IFM)
Native name
Institut für Meereskunde an der Universität Kiel
Changed into
The Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR)

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In 1937, the zoologist Adolf Remane (1898-1976) established the "Institut für Meereskunde“ (IfM) at the University of Kiel to research processes in the water column and in the atmosphere above. The marine chemist Hermann Wattenberg (1901-1944), who had earlier participated in the Meteor Expedition, became the second director. 

A new phase in the development of the IfM began after World War II. The Institut für Meereskunde in Berlin had developed into the leading marine science institution in Germany since its foundation in 1906, but it was also destroyed by bombing raids in 1944, marking the end of marine research in Berlin. Georg Wüst (1890-1977) had been a distinguished member of the Berlin institute and also an earlier participant in the 1925-27 Meteor Expedition. In 1946 he came to Kiel to become the first director of the IfM after the war. The Kiel institute effectively developed into a successor to the earlier Berlin institute, and the work commenced in an old villa in Hohenbergstrasse in Kiel. A small fishing trawler was converted into the first research vessel “Südfall” (renamed the “Hermann Wattenberg” in 1958). read more:

 The Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR) was founded in January 2004 through the merger of the Institut fuer Meereskunde (IfM) and the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR). The institute is a member of the Leibniz-foundation and employs approximately 400 scientific and technical staff.

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)
  • European Cruise programmes (EuroFleets)
  • Ocean going Cruise programmes (POGO)

edmo metadata

EDMO record id
Collating centre
German Oceanographic Datacentre (DOD)
Latest update
10 April 2014 1:07:59 PM