Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) is an interdisciplinary Institute at the University of Oldenburg with locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. It is the only university institute in Lower Saxony that covers broad areas of marine sciences, both in research and in teaching. Currently, 14 working groups of various scientific disciplines - including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering - belong to the institute. ICBM operates the coastal observatory Spiekeroog and is the home institute of the research vessel Sonne.
Floats autonomously survey the oceans
About one half of the volume of the global oceans is considered to be unexplored. Therefore, autonomous diving buoys (so-called floats) are employed all around the world to fix that gap of knowledge. Germany participates in the global efforts with, to date, about 160 of these particulate buoys. At present, the ICBM and further German institutions for marine research work on a new generation of floats. They are equipped particularly with biogeochemical sensors and will in future increasingly be deployed.
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