Master thesis: Online measurements of dissolved methane in the Elbe and Weser Estuary
Alfred Wegener Institut
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The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government.

AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.


Research Division : Marine Geochemistry & In situ Ecology

Methane and carbon dioxide are prominent greenhouse gases. However, the contribution of natural methane sources to the global methane increase is not clear yet.

Also, the role of estuaries as source or sink of greenhouse gases has to be verified. In case of extreme hydrological events (river flood or draught) the riverine import of these gases into the marine system is unclear.

In our working groups, we address the distribution of methane in the Elbe and Weser Estuary and the North Sea.


In this master thesis, a new sensor system to measure online methane should be deployed at several short time cruises with our research vessel.

In addition, these data shall be compared with modelled distribution of different water masses.


  • Experience in gas analysis
  • Experience data analysis (such as R)
  • Additional skills and knowledge

  • Ability to participate in 2 -day cruises
  • Driving license
  • Further Information

    The place of employment will be Bremerhaven, 27570.

    Work time : full time (39h)

    Start : spring 2020

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