The ocean and the seafloor are home to an array of processes that impact the entire Earth system. Geological, physical, biological and chemical processes interact, thus influencing the climate system and the global carbon cycle, and give rise to unique biological systems. Understanding these processes and systems requires specially designed instrumentation for their in-depth examination. MARUM’s mission is to establish and disperse fundamental scientific knowledge regarding the role of the ocean and the seafloor in the Earth system, and to provide impartial information for the benefit of society. With this focus, MARUM trains future generations of ocean experts within an international and interdisciplinary framework, and expands public awareness of the importance of the marine environment.
MARUM has developed into an internationally recognized center for marine research with a focus on geosciences, anchored at the University of Bremen. MARUM’s position within the University of Bremen was considerably strengthened in 2012 when MARUM became the first and only Research Faculty of the University of Bremen. Through MARUM, the University of Bremen closely collaborates with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven (AWI), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (MPI), the Senckenberg Institute by the Sea in Wilhelmshaven (SGN), the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen (ZMT), the University of Oldenburg, and the private Jacobs University in Bremen.
The Research Faculty MARUM hosts the DFG Research Center and the Cluster of Excellence ›The Ocean in the Earth System‹ as well as many additional national and international research projects. Furthermore, MARUM operates one of the three IODP core repositories in the world and, together with the AWI, the World Data Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (PANGAEA).