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Sea Level, climate variability and coral reefs

5 – 16 September 2022

at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and
the IODP Bremen Core Repository,  University of Bremen, Germany

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The Aim

The major goal is to bring PhD students and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their career, inform them about the exciting research within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most successful internationally collaborative research programs in the history of Earth sciences, and to prepare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such training will be achieved by taking the summer school participants on a “virtual ship” where they get familiarized with a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art analytical technologies and core description and scanning methods according to the high standards of IODP expeditions. In addition, the thematic topic of the summer school will be reviewed by various scientific lectures by the leading experts in the field.


Located on the university campus, MARUM hosts the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), the only IODP core repository in Europe.

Location and Organization

The ECORD Summer School on “Sea level, climate variability and coral reefs” 2022 will take place from 5 to 16 September 2022 at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, Germany. It is organized by Dr. Ursula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), Dr. Thomas Felis, Senior Scientist and Coordinator of the DFG Pri­or­ity Pro­gramme "Trop­ical Cli­mate Vari­ab­il­ity and Coral Reefs" (SPP 2299) at the Uni­versity of Bre­men and Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Graduate Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR).

MARUM and its International Graduate School for Marine Sciences GLOMAR, as well as the BCR jointly offer the unique training possibilities used for this summer school by providing laboratory and seminar facilities.

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The Topic

Tropical shallow-water coral reefs provide a unique natural archive of past changes in sea level, climate and environmental variability, as well as of the response of coral reef systems to rapid changes in sea level and climate. Massive, annually banded corals document seasonal and interannual to decadal variations in tropical climate by the geochemical and isotopic proxies incorporated into their aragonitic skeletons, as well as reef-scale environmental changes. They represent a rare source of information from the past, prior to the start of instrumental climate observations and the establishment of systematic reef monitoring programs. Fossil shallow-water corals of drowned and elevated reefs can be absolutely dated by radiometric methods and provide records of past sea-level changes on centennial to millennial timescales, far away from the influence of the large Quaternary ice-sheets. Moreover, fossil reef archives provide information on the response of coral reef systems both geologically and biologically to changes in sea level and climate on these timescales. Taken together, coral reef records provide a framework for evaluating the effects of recent and future climate change on tropical climate variability and coral reef ecosystems.

Invited Lecturers



R. Bourillot

Bordeaux, France

T. Brachert

Leipzig, Germany

G. Camoin

Aix-en-Provence, France

S. Davis Leicester, UK

J.P. D‘Olivo

Berlin, Germany

D. De Vleeschouwer Münster, Germany

T. Felis

Bremen, Germany

N. Hallmann

Aix-en-Provence, France

E. Hathorne

Kiel, Germany

M. Humblet

Nagoya, Japan

H. Kuhlmann

Bremen, Germany

M. Kölling

Bremen, Germany

M. Pfeiffer Kiel, Germany
L. Reuning Kiel, Germany
A. Rovere

Venice, Italy

D. Scholz Mainz, Germany
D. Thompson Tucson, USA

U. Röhl

Bremen, Germany

T. K. Watanabe

Kiel, Germany

J. Webster

Sydney, Australia

Y. Yokoyama Tokyo, Japan

and others…



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Preliminary program



In order to apply for the ECORD Summer School 2022, please fill in the Online Application Form.

The deadline for applications was on 31 May 2022.

Successful applicants were notified by e-mail about admission in June 2022. After receiving the acceptance letter, admitted participants will have to confirm their participation via email and by payment of the course fee. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]

In case of withdrawal after 1 August 2022, only 50% of the course fee is refunded.

To ensure a most effective training the maximum number of participants will be limited to 30. We aim to comprise a diverse group with participants from all status groups.

ECORD Summer School
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ECORD Summer School
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Course Fee

The course fee is 150 Euros and includes: lectures and lecture notes; coffee breaks; social dinner. The fee does not include: travel, meals, accommodation.


ECORD provides scholarships for students from ECORD member countries to attend ECORD summer schools.

Applications should be sent to the ESSAC Office. Please, see how to apply for an ECORD Scholarship following this link under `Get a Scholarship` : https://www.ecord.org/education/




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