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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Dr Anita Flohr PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Anita Flohr is a Research Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2008 Diploma in Marine Biology, Applied Ecology & Marine Science, University of Rostock, Germany

2015 PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry, University of Hamburg, Institute for Geology, Germany

Research interests

Carbon and nutrient cycling, carbonate chemistry, air-sea fluxes, sensor development, climate change mitigation, geo-engineering

My research interests are marine carbon and nutrient cycling with emphasis on inorganic carbonate chemistry (TA, DIC, pH, pCO2), air-sea fluxes of climate relevant gases (CO2, CH4) and the development of sensors and methods to study carbonate system dynamics.

My PhD research focused on the factors influencing the strength and efficiency of the carbon pump in the northern Benguela upwelling system (NBUS) off the southwest African coast. The coastal surface water of upwelling systems is naturally eutrophied, oxygen‐depleted, carbon dioxide‐enriched and acidified, which makes them natural “labs” to study carbon and nutrient cycling under scenarios which are, among others, projected as main threats in the future. I investigated the dynamics of carbonate saturation and their effects on the magnitude and composition of (carbonate) particle export to the shelf. Along with patterns of air-sea CO2 fluxes, they provided a basis to assess the net C source-sink function of the BUS, which was the major objective of my PhD research.

For my postdoctoral research I am involved in the STEMM-CCS project and will be working on assessing the applicability of natural and artificial tracers for the detection of CO2 leakages.

Research group


Affiliate research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

Research project(s)

STEMM-CCS – Strategies for the Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage

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27.12.2013-11.02.2014 / Southeast Atlantic / RV Meteor, cruise M103

01.09.-01.10.2013 / Southeast Atlantic / RV Meteor, cruise M100-1

24.07.-20.08.2011 / Southeast Atlantic / RV M.S. Merian, cruise M18/4

20.01.-07.03.2011 / Southeast Atlantic / RV M.S. Merian, cruise M17/3

10.09.-19.10.2010 / Southeast Atlantic / RV Discovery, cruise D356

10.03.-18.03.2010 / Southeast Atlantic / RV Welwitschia, cruise ww23020

02.-16.12.2009 / Southeast Atlantic / RV Africana, cruise Afr258

Dr Anita Flohr
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/344/39

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