Prof. Dr. Burkard Baschek

Burkard Baschek

Operational Systems
Director of Institute
Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1533
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2020
E-mail contact


Professional Experience

  • since 2019 Chair of a scientific advisory board for the Kick-off meeting of the UN-Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development
  • 2018 - 2019 Chairman of the Scientific Technical council
  • 2018 - 2019 Speaker for the PACES II-program
  • 2012 - present Director of the Institute of Coastal Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
  • 2012 - present Professor of Coastal Research and Instrumentation University of Kiel, Germany
  • 2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
  • 2005 - 2006 Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA
  • 2003 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA
  • 1999 Scientist, Institut für Meereskunde, Kiel, Germany

Degrees Awarded

  • 2003 PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Canada , 2003
  • 1998 Diplom (equiv. to Masters) Physical Oceanography, University of Kiel, Germany
  • 1994 Vordiplom Physics University of Heidelberg, Germany

Educational Institutions Attended

  • 1999 - 2003 University of Victoria , BC, Canada : Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • 1994 - 1999 University of Kiel , Germany : Physical Oceanography
  • 1992 - 1994 University of Heidelberg , Germany : Physics
  • Submesoscale Fronts, Eddies, and Filaments
  • Air-sea gas exchange in the coastal and open ocean
  • Gas bubble dynamics
  • Hydraulically controlled flows and flow-topography interaction
  • Flow exchange through sea straits
  • Biological-physical interaction in tidal fronts
  • Wave-current interaction
  • Ocean acoustic tomography
2010 - present
1992 - 2003

Clockwork Ocean



Our oceans and large currents are influenced by the energy of countless small water eddies. Similar to clockwork gears, these eddies are interlocked and affect global climate, the occurrence of algal blooms and fish migration.

We at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht study these virtually unexplored eddies and present our research in the unique cross-media “Clockwork Ocean” project.

In a nine-minute animated full-dome production, the viewer dives past fish and jellyfish, experiences a research expedition on a zeppelin and accompanies scientists during their hunt for eddies. In combination with three-dimensional sound, the scientists’ world comes alive for the spectator. This production opens in German planetariums in July 2015.

The website explains different elements of the film. You can immerse yourself in 360-degree film sequences and become an explorer yourself. Scenes can be downloaded for free and can be viewed with virtual reality glasses and by using smartphone tools.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht has also created an exceptionally unique venue:

The Clockwork Ocean film is presented in a media dome measuring approximately seventy square metres. Other full-dome productions are also presented in this venue. This dome is mobile and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Beginning in July 2015, the dome will be visiting film festivals and public events. Website Clockwork Ocean