DPG Physics School on "Physics of the Ocean"

07.09 - 12.09.2014
Bad Honnef, Germany

The target group of the school are postdocs, graduate students, and advanced master students, from all over Europe and beyond, who wish to broaden their understanding of ocean physics. They should preferably be engaged in ocean studies, but work in a neighboring field such as atmospheric physics/meteorology, hydrology, geophysics, and bio- or geo-sciences is also accepted. A prerequisite is an adequate knowledge of basic physics.

Physical ocean processes affect the global distribution and transports of ocean properties, ranging from mass and temperature to the many dissolved substances (salt, nutrients, CO2, etc.). Ocean processes are of particular relevance for the global and regional climate systems, and they set the stage for marine element cycling and the marine ecosystem as a whole. The relevant scales range from vertical ocean mixing (cm) over mesoscale stirring (km) up to the planetary scale of the global ocean circulation.

The school strives to provide a broader view of the ocean system from a physical perspective. The participants shall be introduced to the observations, models, theory and analysis methods used by environmental and ocean physicists, and to the present understanding of how the ocean works.

Additional topics are the interaction with the global climate and with the marine biogeochemical and ecological systems. Furthermore, the school is to provide orientation in the context of big international research programs, such as CLIVAR and GOOS, and to advance the interaction and collaboration between young scientists active in ocean research.

Venue: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany

More information and link to registration can be found here:

Registration deadline 31 May 2014. 

Supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation

Organized by Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR and Kiel University) & Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Roether (Bremen University)