BGR Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

Marine resource exploration

Scientists at BGR on the research vessel SONNE in the port of Dubai before the departure to the Arabian Sea. Scientists at BGR on the research vessel SONNE in the port of Dubai before the departure to the Arabian Sea. Source: BGR

About 70 percent of the earth is covered with oceans. Marine resources occur particularly along the continental margins of the oceans. The potential of these resources has not been sufficiently explored yet.

Therefore, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is primarily carrying out research on passive and active continental margins. Especially the sedimentary basins located in the shelf area along the continental margins are investigated on, because they often contain natural gas and petroleum resources, which can be discovered by special seismic and geochemical methods. Gashydrates (frozen natural gas) which have been found by scientists in the marine sediments are regarded as a possible energy source for the future. But for a feasible economic use of this energy source new technologies still need to be developed.

Further important research carried out by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is the examination of marine sedimentary deposits in order to draw conclusions about physico-chemical reactions in the ocean water of the past. This allows the reconstruction of the paleoclimate during the period in which the sediment was deposited.

The marine research of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources can look back on a more than 40 year old tradition. A general overview of all marine expeditions of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is given on the globe.

Scientists at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources are developing new instruments and methods for the exploration of the ocean floor, to support their basic research. The active participation in the international projects Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and, since 2004, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an important element of the marine research carried out by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resource.

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources looks into the matters of deep-sea mining and the Law of the Sea, in order to advise the International Seabed Authority on these topics.

Contact

    
Dr. Christian Reichert
Phone: +49-(0)511-643-3244
Fax: +49-(0)511-643-533244

Nachweis lebender Bakterien in 16 Millionen Jahre alten Sedimenten 400 m unter dem Meeresboden

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