Martin Visbeck is head of the Physical Oceanography research unit at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, and professor at Kiel University, Germany.
His research interests revolve around ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in the climate system with particular emphasis on the Atlantic. Internationally he supports ocean and climate science, integrated global ocean observation and ocean sustainable development. As the speaker of the German excellence cluster “The Future Ocean” in Kiel, he is advancing integrated marine sciences by bringing together a wide range of disciplines and Kiel-based institutions to work on ocean-human issues. Amongst others he is leading the EU AtlantOS Project on sustained ocean observing in the Atlantic.
He serves on a number of national and international advisory committees including the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He chairs the German Future Earth Committee, the German Sustainability Platform 2030 and the Advisory Committee for Earth Observations at ESA. He is President-Elect of The Oceanography Society (TOS), and was elected fellow of the AGU, AMS, and the European Academy of Sciences. Martin Visbeck is involved in strategic planning and decision-making processes about the ocean and sustainable development at a national, European and global level.
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