The overarching theme of the research unit's work will be the analysis and understanding of the freshwater budget of the ocean, including the role, which surface freshwater fluxes (net evaporation minus precipitation plus run-off and sea ice melting) play in changing the salt content in the upper ocean.


"Salinity and Freshwater Changes in the Ocean" Conference a great success!

Last week the "Salinity and Freshwater Changes in the Ocean" conference was held at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Hamburg.

About 80 international scientist came together, presented their work and discussed future developments regarding the freshwater cycle.

We like to thank all participants for the frutiful discussions and interesting talks as well as posters.

Conference Registration Closed

The conference registration is now closed. We are looking forward to welcome about 100 scientists to Hamburg in October!

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Final conference program

The abstracts have been sorted out and the talks have been selected. We want to thank everyone who submitted an abstract for the conference.

Have a look at the Initiates file downloadconference program.

Get registered now!

The registration for the open science conference on "Ocean Salinity and Freshwater Changes in the Ocean" is only open until the 31. August 2015.

So get registered now! Information about the objectives and the program can be found here.

Research Group PhD wins "EGU Outstanding Student Poster" award

At the EGU General Assembly 2015 in Vienna,  Yao Fu (FOR1740 PhD student in WP 1.3), won the Outstanding Student Poster award (link to

The poster “Estimation of the Meridional Ekman Transport in the Tropical Atlantic” by Yao Fu, Johannes Karstensen and Peter Brandt, presents an analysis of Ekman transport and associated salinity and heat fluxes in the tropical Atlantic. See Poster.

International conference in planning

"Salinity and Freshwater Changes in the Ocean"

Date: 12. - 15. October 2015

Location: Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg

More information about registration and abstract submission will follow soon.

Impressions from FOR1740 PhDs and Post docs about the Research group meeting

"For me as a meteorologist the recent FOR1740 project meeting at Geomar in Kiel was particularly helpful to get detailed insights into the field of oceanography. In addition, I had the chance to getting in touch with my colleagues within this interdisciplinary project. In that sense, regular meetings do not only support the exchange of ideas and information but are therefore a vital part of everyday science."

Jörg Burdanowitz, Ph.D. student WP 2.1


"The topics presented in the meeting covered a much larger field than what I am doing. I think it is really helpful for me to look at a greater picture rather than just focusing on my own work. Since I am working on the meridional transport estimation from the observational aspect, it would be interesting to compare the observed results with the modelling results, e.g. GECCO reanalysis."

Yao Fu, Ph.D. student, WP 1.3


"The project meeting was very meaningful, as it allowed for a great overview of ongoing progress within the individual working groups. The ‘big picture’ and pursued aims are much clearer to me now! Towards the end, fruitful discussions and newly defined goals motivated everyone to continue their research. I am looking forward to the next progress meeting early next year!"

Julian Kinzel, Ph.D. student, WP 2.1


"I’ve benefited a lot from this project meeting. It is always exciting to know other oceanographers and PhD students, and the research they are doing. Besides, preparing for the presentation helped me to have a better understanding of my own work."

Xin Lui, Ph.D. student, WP 3.1


"I think the meeting was really useful to learn more about what the other working groups have been working during this last year and how their studies are progressing. I also presented some preliminary results from my analysis and I am really looking forward to have the opportunity to combine with the results from the HOAPS climatology (W.P. 2.1), to be able to see if some of the salinity anomalies observed can be explained by evaporation and/or precipitation"

Dr. Ilaria Stendardo, Post doc, WP 1.2

Research group meeting in Kiel

On the 23rd of September, the DFG research group 1740 met in Kiel for an exchange of results and recent research efforts.

Participants of the DFG Research Group Meeting in Kiel.