Research Group Prof. Dr. G. Friedrichs

SOLAS - Open Science Conference


From September 7-11 2015 the SOLAS Open Science Conference was held in Kiel. The Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” co-organized the suitable international platform to discuss aspects of ocean-atmosphere coupling. Sessions included the topics “greenhouse gases and the oceans”, “air-sea exchange”, “ocean biogeochemical control on atmospheric chemistry”, and “SOLAS science and society”, hence plenty of links to Future Ocean research and the Semester Topic "Ocean Interfaces". The conference with more than 250 scientists from 35 countries was part of the 350th jubilee of the University, was funded by the Future Ocean Cluster and a DFG grant for International Conferences.  It took place in the Audimax and, according to the positive feedback obtained from the participants, was a complete success. The Surface Ocean–Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) is an international and interdisciplinary research project on biogeochemical-physical air-sea interactions and processes.
A public lecture was given by Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, a famous scientist who was awarded the “Deutsche Umweltpreis” in 2007, is chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), recently presented the Enzyklika Laudato Si' of pope Franziskus, and is well known for his clear statements regarding global climate policy. Around 250 people joint his inspiring talk „Menschheitserbe Meer: Seine Bedeutung, unsere Verantwortung“.

Solas2016_2Finally, the new “Future Ocean dialoque” exhibition module on “Ocean Interfaces” celebrated its premiere at the SOLAS Conference 2015 at Kiel University. The new module illustrates the various interfaces in the ocean system and in particular highlights the role of the ocean for the uptake of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion. In a hand-on experiment, the visitor blows his breath into a small box equipped with a real-time CO2 sensor. With a sliding knob it is possible to select a “world with ocean” and a “world without ocean” - with dramatic consequences for the observed CO2 decay in the box.