Research projects

Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky, her Ph.D. students and her PostDocs are involved in a multitude of research projects. On the following pages, you can find more information about past, present, and upcoming research projects.

Ongoing research projects

MiningImpact – Environmental Impacts and Risks of Deep-Sea Mining

The MiningImpact project, led by GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, aims at studying the biological and biogeochemical impacts associated with the mining of marine mineral resources in the deep seabed.
Please find more information on the project-related work of the Koschinsky Group here.

The TRAM project

TRAM is short for “Tracing origin and distribution of geogenic and anthropogenic dissolved and particulate critical high-technology metals in the southern North Sea”. The project, associated with the Meteor Cruise M169 under the lead of Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky (chief scientist) to the North Sea is a joint project of the Koschinsky, Thomsen, Bau, Ullrich, and Unnithan Group at Jacobs University, the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Resources (BGR) and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. Please find more information here.

The Rainbow Plume

The RainbowPlume project, led by GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, aims at obtaining a mechanistic and quantitative understanding of the processes that set the hydrothermal flux of trace elements and their isotopes (TEI) at the Rainbow vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near the Azores. It is associated with the research cruise M176-2 and forms part of the GEOTRACES initiative. Please find more information about the project here.

Upcoming research projects
– under construction

Research cruise: SO289 – S Pacific GEOTRACES – Biogeochemistry of trace metals and their isotopes in the South Pacific Ocean

Past research projects

– under construction

Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining (MiningImpact – Phase 1)

Comparison of energy and material flows associated with the metallurgical processing of manganese nodules and terrestrial nickel laterite ores