Dr. Kristin Burmeister

        Dr. Kristin Burmeister

PDRA in physical oceanography

My research focuses on the variability of the Atlantic Ocean on seasonal to longer timer scales. I am investigating changes of temperature, salinity and biogeochemical components like oxygen and how they are related to variations in the large-scale ocean circulation and climate modes.

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I am interested in the variability of the oceans on seasonal and longer time scales, the large-scale ocean circulation and how mesoscale features can impact them.

Within the framework of my dissertation, I have worked intensively with different kinds of observational data (vessel mounted, moored, and satellite data) and model output. During four cruises in the tropical Atlantic and Pacific, I gained a thorough education in the collection and processing of shipboard observations.

My current research focuses on the Atlantic Ocean. I investigate the variability of temperature, salinity and biogeochemical components like oxygen and how they are related to changes in the large-scale ocean circulation and climate modes.

I like to share my research and knowledge about the ocean not only within the scientific community, but also with everybody else who is interested by giving talks during public events or moderating them.

Current projects

iAtlantic - Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time: http://www.iatlantic.eu/

Funded by a €10.6M grant from the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, the ambitious iAtlantic project will - for the first time - undertake an ocean-wide approach to understanding the factors that control the distribution, stability and vulnerability of deep-sea ecosystems. Work will span the full scale of the Atlantic basin, from the tip of Argentina in the south to Iceland in the north, and from the east coasts of USA and Brazil to the western margins of Europe and Africa. Central to the project's success is the international collaboration between scientists throughout the Atlantic region, with sharing of expertise, equipment, infrastructure, data and personnel placed at the forefront of iAtlantic's approach.


Past projects

SFB 754 - Climate - Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean: https://www.sfb754.de/

Funded by DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft . 

The Collaborative Research Center (SFB 754) addresses the relatively newly recognized threat of ocean deoxygenation, its possible impact on tropical oxygen minimum zones and implications for the global climate-biogeochemistry system. The overall goal of the SFB 754 is to improve understanding of the coupling of tropical climate variability and circulation with the ocean's oxygen and nutrient balance, to quantitatively evaluate the nature of oxygen-sensitive tipping points, as well as to assess consequences for the Ocean's future.

Peer-reviewed publications

Burmeister, K., Luebbecke, J. F.,Brandt, P., Claus, M., & Hahn, J. (2020). Fluctuations of the Atlantic North Equatorial Undercurrent and associated changes in oxygen transports.  Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL088350. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088350

Burmeister, K., Lübbecke, J. F., Brandt, P., & Duteil, O. (2019). Interannual variability of the Atlantic North Equatorial Undercurrent and its impact on oxygen. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014760

Burmeister, K., P. Brandt, and J. F. Lübbecke (2016), Revisiting the cause of the eastern equatorial Atlantic cold event in 2009. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121, https://doi.org/10.1002/ 2016JC011719 

Expert advice to regulators / government

Grant proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA Biological Oceanography program


Research expeditions

  • 2014 RV Thallassa (Subpolar North Atlantic; MSM40)
  • 2016 RV Meteor (Tropical Atlantic; M130)
  • 2017 RV Meteor (Tropical Pacific; M138)
  • 2018 RV Meteor (Tropical Atlantic; M148)




Invited Talks

Burmeister, K. , Lübbecke, J. F. , Brandt, P.  and Duteil, O.  (2018) Oxygen response to changes in the North Equatorial Undercurrent. [Invited talk] In: PIRATA 23 Meeting. , 22.10.-26.10.2018, Marseille, France.

Burmeister, K.  and Lübbecke, J. F.  (2017) Variability of the North Equatorial Undercurrent and its impact on the oxygen minimum zone of the eastern tropical North Atlantic. [Invited talk] In: PIRATA Research Project 20 Years Conference. , 05.-10.11.2017, Fortaleza, Brasil.

Employment history

Since September 2019: PDRA in Physical Oceanography, SAMS


Education qualifications

2019 PhD 'Connection between the zonal current variability and oxygen supply in the eastern tropical North Atlantic'. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany/ GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

2015 MSc Climate Physics. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

2012 BSc (Hons) Physics of the Earth System: Meteorology -  Oceanography - Geophysics. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany