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Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel, Germany

Phone: +49-431 600-4013 Fax:-4012

westshore campus, room 423


Physical Oceanographer with a strong interest to use numerical models to research the mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation and to interdisciplinary work on geosphere und biological interactions.

Current main activities
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Investigating the variability in the Agulhas system and its effect on the large-scale circulation (DFG and BMBF projects), also with paleo-oceanographic focus (P. I. in the EU Initial Training Network GATEWAYS); Co-chair of the SCOR Working Group No. 136 „Climatic Importance of the Greater Agulhas System"


Exploring the role of seafloor warming and the fate of methane hydrates (interdisciplinary collaboration within the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean")


Studying the Atlantic Ocean circulation variability (EU and BMBF projects); joint work in the European modeling initiative DRAKKAR)


Simulating the spreading of drifting organisms (e.g., glas eels, mussel larvae) using Lagrangian models (interdisciplinary collaboration within the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean")

Five most-important publications

Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, F. U. Schwarzkopf und J. R. E. Lutjeharms, 2009: Increase in Agulhas leakage due to poleward shift in the southern hemisphere westerlies, Nature, 462, 495-498, doi: 10.1038/nature08519

Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning und J. R. E. Lutjeharms, 2008: Agulhas leakage dynamics affects decadal variability in Atlantic overturning circulation, Nature, 456, 489-492, doi: 10.1038/nature07426

Biastoch, A., T. Treude, L. H. Rüpke, U. Riebesell, C. Roth, E. B. Burwicz, W. Park, C. W. Böning, M. Latif, G. Madec und K. Wallmann, 2011: Rising Arctic Ocean temperatures cause gas hydrate destabilization and ocean acidification, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L08602, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047222

Biastoch, A., C. W. Böning, J. Getzlaff, J.-M. Molines und G. Madec, 2008: Mechanisms of interannual - decadal variability in the meridional overturning circulation of the mid-latitude North Atlantic Ocean, J. Climate, 21, 6599-6615, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2404.1

Beal, L. M., W. P. M. de Ruijter, A. Biastoch, R. Zahn, und members of SCOR/WCRP/IAPSO Working Group 136, 2011: On the role of the Agulhas system in global climate (Review Article), Nature, 472, 429-436, doi: 10.1038/nature09983

More details on my past and current work are given in my Scientific Resume. An actual and complete list of my publications and talks is found in OceanRep.

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Last changes: March 11, 2013