Martin Visbeck is a professor at Kiel University and head of the research unit “Physical Oceanography” at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. After receiving a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Kiel University in 1993, he moved to USA for a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently, he worked as an associate research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and as an associate professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University. He was awarded the Storke-Doherty Lectureship in 1997 and tenure by Columbia University in 2003. He returned to Kiel, Germany, in 2004 to take up his current position.
Research interests of Martin Visbeck and his group revolve around the ocean’s role in the climate system with an emphasis on understanding climate change and climate variability. In the Subpolar North Atlantic, they maintain direct current measurements to document the variability and change of North Atlantic Deep Water formation. In the Tropical Atlantic, they examine ocean mixing with a focus on the dynamics of oxygen minimum zones. To this end, Martin Visbeck and his group make use of research vessel based expeditions but also are increasingly using and advancing modern robotic platforms, including profiling floats and gliders.
Martin Visbeck’s interest in the development of integrated ocean observatories led to the launch of a large-scale EU project “AtlantOS” in 2015, set out to better coordinate the ongoing in-situ observations of the Atlantic Ocean with the participation of European and international partners. As the speaker of the German excellence initiative ‘The Future Ocean’ in Kiel, he is involved in integrated marine sciences bringing together different disciplines to work on marine issues. More recently, he has been heavily engaged in the sustainable development of the ocean.
Through his active participation in several national and international advisory committees, Martin Visbeck is involved in strategic planning and decision-making processes about the ocean. He is member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the WCRP (World Climate Research Programme). He was appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN-SDSN (United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network). He serves on the ICSU (International Council for Science) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review. He is the chair of the German Committee Future Earth supported by DFG (German Research Foundation). In acknowledgement of his contributions to ocean sciences, Martin Visbeck has been elected as a fellow of AGU (American Geophysical Union) and a member of EURASC (the European Academy of Sciences) in 2015.E-Mail: email@example.com