Research projects

Ongoing research projects

The TRAM project

TRAM is short for “Tracing origin and distribution of geogenic and anthropogenic dissolved and particulate critical high-technology metals in the southern North Sea”. The project, associated with the Meteor Cruise M169 under the lead of Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky (chief scientist) to the North Sea is a joint project of the Koschinsky, Thomsen, Bau, Ullrich, and Unnithan Group at Jacobs University, the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Resources (BGR) and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel.

The Rainbow Plume

The RainbowPlume project, led by GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, aims at obtaining a mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the processes that set the hydrothermal flux of trace elements and their isotopes (TEI) at the Rainbow vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near the Azores. It is associated with the research cruise M176-2 and forms part of the GEOTRACES initiative.


The Amazon GEOTRACES project studies interactions of trace metals with dissolved organic matter and colloids in the Amazon and Pará River estuaries and associated plumes as key processes for trace metal fluxes into the Atlantic.


The S Pacific GEOTRACES project explores dissolved trace element concentration and speciation in the South Pacific Ocean.

Past research projects– under construction

MiningImpact – Environmental Impacts and Risks of Deep-Sea Mining
(MiningImpact Phase 2)

The MiningImpact project, led by GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, aims at studying the biological and biogeochemical impacts associated with the mining of marine mineral resources in the deep seabed.

MiningImpact – Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining
(MiningImpact – Phase 1)

The JPI Oceans Pilot Action “Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining” assessed the ecological impacts which could arise from commercial mining activities in the deep sea. Please find more information about MI1.