DFG supports second phase of TRR 181!

The DFG decided to support the second phase of our Transregio Project. Now we can continue our research for 3,5 years.


We are very happy that the DFG decided to fund the TRR 181 for a second period. After all the work on the proposal and 6 months interim phase, we are now looking forward to the next 3,5 years.

Last week on Thursday late afternoon, the whole project with 60 people waited together in a Zoom meeting for the call of the DFG for one and a half hours - it was nerve-racking. Finally we got the GO for the second phase and hope we can celebrate this very good news next year in person. We now welcome Technische Universität Hamburg and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt on board of the TRR 181 on board.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped in the process!


Read here the official press release from Universität Hamburg in English:

Twelve million euros for research on the exchange of energy between the ocean and the atmosphere

Universität Hamburg and the University of Bremen successfully entered the second CRC/Transregio funding phase

The German Research Foundation has granted second-phase funding for a joint-project between Universität Hamburg (coordination) and the University of Bremen, alongside other partners. The Collaborative Research Center / Transregio “Energy Transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean” (CRC/Transregio 181) will receive roughly €12 million until June 2024.

In this project, researchers in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, and mathematics will cooperate closely. In the first funding phase, they examined turbulence and waves in the atmosphere and ocean. These physical processes—even at the smallest scale of just a few centimeters—are closely connected to global winds and currents and thus, they need to be accurately represented in climate models. In the second funding phase, the research will focus primarily on improving climate models and their prognoses, based on the consistent representation of the processes.

The TRR covers Hamburg, Bremen, and Rostock and will be coordinated at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) at Universität Hamburg. Other partners are: Jacobs University Bremen, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Goethe University Frankfurt, the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, the Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Rostock, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde at the University of Rostock, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research. A project extension of 4 years is possible.


For more information, please find here the press releases by DFG and the Universities of Hamburg and Bremen: