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.


  • Final SOPRAN Meeting in Kiel, 07 Sept. 2015 Last but not least, the final SOPRAN Meeting was held on the 7th of Sept. in the Audimax in Kiel as a part of the international SOLAS Open Science Conference ...
    Posted 17 Sep 2015, 02:45 by Martina Lohmann
  • Final SOPRAN Meeting & SOLAS OSC - Kiel, 07-11 Sept. 2015 The final SOPRAN Meeting is part of the international SOLAS Open Science Conference (OSC) in Kiel (07-11 Sept. 2015) and will take place on 07 Sept 2015 at Kiel ...
    Posted 25 Jun 2015, 05:29 by Martina Lohmann
  • The Southeast Pacific produces more nitrous oxide than previously thought Kiel marine scientists publish new data on greenhouse gas emissions 22 June 2015/Kiel. In addition to carbon dioxide there are plenty of other greenhouse gases. Nitrous oxide is one ...
    Posted 25 Jun 2015, 05:28 by Martina Lohmann
  • 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
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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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