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About us

Who we are and what we do

We strengthen the sustainable use of coasts, seas and oceans through research and transfer, data management and digitalisation, and by coordinating the infrastructures.


Seas and oceans cover around 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Connected by currents, they form the largest interconnected ecosystem in the world: a habitat for millions of species that also forms the basis of life for a growing world population. By storing heat and CO₂ and producing oxygen, the seas and oceans also have a significant influence on the climate. significant influence on the climate. The oceans are vital for survival – but they are under threat: Man-made climate change, overexploitation and pollution threaten the oceans, their climate-regulating effect and many other functions that are important for our existence on this planet. In order to protect our coasts, seas and oceans and use them sustainably, we need to better understand their complexity. German marine research, which occupies a leading international position, is making a decisive contribution to this.

In 2019, the federal government, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the northern German states founded the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM), which brings together the leading institutions in German marine research. Through its activities in the core areas of research, data management and digitalization, coordination of infrastructures and transfer, the DAM develops orientation and practical knowledge for politics, business and civil society – as a basis for the necessary change towards greater sustainability and the protection of the oceans.

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What we do

DAM Statutes (in German)

According to its statutes, the purpose of the German Marine Research Alliance is the promotion of science and research, which is realized in particular by strengthening German marine research. The term marine research encompasses the relevant disciplines of coastal, marine and polar research.


DAM Administrative Agreement (in German)

The administrative agreement on the establishment and funding of the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) came into force on July 18, 2019. It defines the tasks and objectives as well as the organization and committee structure of the DAM.



Brief overview of the objectives and focus of the DAM


DAM AnNual Reports

The annual reports provide an overview of DAM’s activities in the respective financial year (January to December):

2019 2020 2021 2022

Reports 2019 to 2021 in German


Always up to date with the DAM newsletter. (German only)

Our Sponsors

The federal government and the governments of the five northern German states support the current development and sponsor the DAM.