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Prof Martin Visbeck
GEOMAR, Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel, Germany

Tel: +49-(0)431 - 600 4200

Martin has served and is serving on several national and international advisory committees. Currently he is the co-chair of the World Climate Research Programs Project CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability), which facilitates global climate research in the atmosphere and ocean. He was the chair of the organizing committee of the World Meteorological Organization’s Third World Climate Conference in 2009, which called for the development of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). He is a member of the German National Committee for Global Change Research, the German Research Foundations (DFG) Senatskommision for Oceanography, and is Speaker of the Kiel Research Cluster 'The Future Ocean' supported by the German Excellence initiative.

Martin received his PhD from Kiel University in Physical Oceanography in 1993. He was awarded a two year NOAA global and climate change postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, Cambridge USA. Between 1995 and 2004 he held a position as Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York, where he worked on the ocean's role in the climate system with a focus on the North Atlantic Oscillation and Deep Water formation off Antarctica. Since October 2004 he holds the chair in Physical Oceanography at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) at the University in Kiel, Germany.

Martin’s current research is concerned with ocean and climate variability and change with particular emphasis on the circulation of the Subpolar North Atlantic. He maintains direct current measurements to document the variability and change of North Atlantic Deep Water transport, a key component of the Atlantic Overturning Circulation. He works in the context of a Kiel based special research program on climate-biogeochemical interactions in the tropical ocean with a focus on the supply of oxygen towards the extensive tropical oxygen minimum zones. For his research on observations of ocean circulation and mixing he makes use of research vessel based expeditions but also is increasingly using and advancing modern robotic platforms including profiling floats and gliders, and the development of ocean observatories for long-term observations in the water column.