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Marine sciences research

The Department of Marine Sciences brings together research focuses within oceanography, geology, chemistry, biology and conservation. This research is carried out both within individual subjects and in larger multidisciplinary projects. We have a number of nationally unique research fields, with the flagship being our ultra-modern infrastructure for marine research and education, with a brand new 45 metre research vessel, Skagerak, and two research stations, Kristineberg and Tjärnö. This infrastructure gives us unique access to several marine environments, as well as technology, laboratories and instruments that permit research at a high international level.

Through the Centre for Sea and Society, which is hosted by the Department of Marine Sciences, there is direct collaboration with research fields within economics, law, social sciences and the humanities, providing a broad multidisciplinary profile that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Cooperation with the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the North Sea water district in Gothenburg also provide a unique channel to authorities, and the maritime cluster represents a forum in which to meet with industry.

The Department of Marine Sciences mainly carries out research in the coastal waters of the Kattegat and the Skagerrak and in the Baltic Sea, as well as in other European coastal waters and in the polar seas. Thanks to its geographic location, the department has access to the world’s most extensive gradient from freshwater to the marine environment, offering a “natural laboratory” in which to study issues such as adaptations to the marine environment, how the effects of environmental contaminants vary with salinity, and how salinity stratification affects the outcomes of eutrophication, such as a lack of oxygen.

Research areas

Marine evolutionary biology

Marine environments undergo continual change as a result of both natural and anthropogenic (human) factors.  
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Marine Chemical Ecology

At the Department of Marine Sciences we study chemically mediated interactions between marine organisms.
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Polar research

The polar regions form an important part of the Earth's climate system, where we are currently seeing great changes
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Climate change and the marine environment

Ongoing climate change affects the marine environment in several ways: warming; reduced ice extent; rising water levels...
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Integrated coastal zone management

On a fundamental level, we are studying key physical and biogeochemical processes in the water column and sediments.
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Underwater Cultural Heritage

Microbial degradation of wood, submerged shipwrecks and How climate change may affect the spread of the aggressive shipworm.
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Sustainable Mariculture

Mariculture involves farming aquatic organisms (fish, crustaceans, mussels, algae etc.) in lake and sea environments.
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Circulation and Spread in the Coastal Zone

The coastal zone is where human society has the most direct impact on the ocean environment.
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Marine Research Stations

The marine infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg offers a comprehensive marine infrastructure, with several research vessels and smaller boats as well as two stations for research and education. Both stations are located in unique environments on the west coast of Sweden: Kristineberg by the Gullmar fjord and Tjärnö by the Koster fjord.



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