Master thesis: Online measurements of dissolved methane in the Elbe and Weser Estuary

Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Bremerhaven, Germany

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Job description:

Master thesis: Online measurements of dissolved methane in the Elbe and Weser Estuary

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
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You are interested?
Then please send us your application with Cover letter an CV (with all documents merged into one PDF file) by e-mail to: Dr. Ingeborg Bussmann (; 04725-819-3230)

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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