Special issue “Progress in quantifying ocean biogeochemistry – in honour of Ernst Maier-Reimer”

Ernst Maier-Reimer. © MPI-M.

Ernst Maier-Reimer. © MPI-M.

Biogeosciences, an interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), published recently a special issue on “Progress in quantifying ocean biogeochemistry – in honour of Ernst Maier-Reimer”. Dr Ernst Maier-Reimer was an exceptional scientist and the towering figure in ocean-model development at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) for almost 35 years. Ernst Maier-Reimer single-handedly developed a whole string of ocean models; his landmark achievement was in 1987 the worldwide first three-dimensional simulation of the ocean carbon cycle.

Ernst Maier-Reimer was one of the pioneers in global modelling of ocean biogeochemical cycles. He published – together with Prof Klaus Hasselmann, the founding director of the MPI-M – the first comprehensive paper on anthropogenic carbon uptake by the ocean. He provided extensive models on both the inorganic as well as the organic carbon cycle in the ocean. His models were elegant in their mathematical formulation, efficient, and computationally economic. He was very influential in this field and generously shared his deep insights.

This special issue is a celebration of classical and new topics in quantitative biogeochemistry by authors who knew Ernst Maier-Reimer, learned from him, or collaborate with him.

C. Heinze, T. Ilyina, A. Winguth, J. Segschneider, and M. Hofmann (Editors) (2019) Progress in quantifying ocean biogeochemistry – in honour of Ernst Maier-Reimer. Biogeosciences, EGU. https://www.biogeosciences.net/special_issue856.html



Dr Christoph Heinze
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
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Email: christoph.heinze@we dont want spamuib.no

Dr Tatiana Ilyina
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
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Email: tatiana.ilyina@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de