SOPRAN - Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene

SOPRAN is a joint project funded by the BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) as well as a German national contribution to the International SOLAS programme. It addresses three aspects of atmosphere-ocean interaction:
  •  how changing atmospheric composition (e.g. increased CO2, dust) affects the surface ocean ecosystem
  • how climate-related changes in surface ocean processes (upwelling, mixing, light, biology) alter oceanic emissions to the atmosphere
  • the mechanisms and rates of ocean-atmosphere material exchanges
SOPRAN’s focus is on processes operating within and close to the surface ocean, and their potential changes over the next century. The project is an integrated study of surface ocean response to global atmospheric change, combining the insights gained from different disciplines (marine and atmospheric chemistry, biological and physical oceanography) and methods (observations and modelling). SOPRAN aims to deliver an improved description of the effects of global atmospheric change on the sensitive marine ecosystems.


  • 8th Annual Meeting - Mainz, 17/18 March 2015 The next SOPRAN Annual Meeting will take place at the MPI for Chemistry in Mainz on 17/18 March 2015. During this meeting we will prepare I. the SOPRAN overview ...
    Posted 9 Mar 2015, 02:56 by Martina Lohmann
  • MEMENTO, the MarinE MethanE and NiTrous Oxide database is now online! MEMENTO is an initiative started in 2009 that aims to collect available oceanic and atmospheric methane and nitrous oxide data into a global database for the computation of global concentration ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2015, 05:36 by Martina Lohmann
  • Aeolotron im Campus TV (RNF): Wissenschaftler am Aetrolon in Heidelberg erforschen Ozeane 18.12.2014/Heidelberg. Mehr als zwei Drittel der Erde ist mit Wasser bedeckt. Die Weltmeere haben gerade in unserer heutigen Zeit eine wichtige Aufgabe – sie helfen uns den ansteigenden ...
    Posted 13 Jan 2015, 04:34 by Martina Lohmann
  • 20.000 Liter aus dem Meer Erstes Gasaustausch-Experiment mit Meerwasser im Heidelberger Aeolotron27.11.2014/Kiel. Mehr als zwei Drittel der Oberfläche unseres Planeten sind mit Ozeanen bedeckt. Die Fläche, an der Meerwasser und ...
    Posted 15 Dec 2014, 04:47 by Martina Lohmann
  • The oceans’ sensitive skin Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer  November 11, 2014/Kiel. Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans’ uppermost layer, according to a ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2014, 01:44 by Martina Lohmann
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Project Partners


Prof. Dr. Hermann W. Bange
Forschungsbereich Marine Biogeochemie
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel, Germany

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