Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-13-0001PresentationOral

TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED GERMAN INDIAN OCEAN STUDY - FROM THE SEAFLOOR TO THE ATMOSPHERE

Hermann W. Bange*1, Martin Visbeck1

1 GEOMAR, Germany

ABSTRACT :

The first IIOE was an important event for German marine sciences. For the first time after World War II Germany was invited to an internationally coordinated event. The participation in IIOE provided a community focus and the impetus to build the R/V Meteor II who undertook its first scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean (IO). Since then German scientists have participated in several other campaigns in the IO (e.g. WOCE, JGOFS, INDOEX etc.). Over the last year the German marine science community is actively discussing how to contribute to an Integrated German IO Study (IGIOS) which would be a contribution to IIOE-2. It is aiming (i) to advance our understanding of the interactions between geological, oceanic, biological and atmospheric processes that give rise to the complex physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the IO region, and (ii) to determine how those dynamics affect climate, monsoons, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystems and human populations. IGIOS will be structured around four themes: 1) Global change and anthropogenic impacts, 2) Biogeochemical cycles and atmosphere, 3) Ocean circulation and paleoceanography, and 4) Ocean crust. Each of these Themes will include a set of specific questions that need to be addressed in order to improve our understanding of the past, present and future IO system. German marine scientist are very interested to intensify their research profile in the IO over the next decade and are looking forward to contribute scientific ideas as well as observational, modelling and assessment and synthesis capabilities to the emerging IIOE-2 framework.