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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Torben Stichel PhD

Visiting Fellow

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Dr Torben Stichel is Visiting Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.



Research interests

My research focuses on the marine cycle of trace metals including their isotope compositions and elemental concentrations. Radiogenic isotopes have been widely used to reconstruct past ocean circulation and inputs from weathering. The precise input mechanisms and internal cycling, however, are not well understood. To approach this problem, data of the modern oceans is vital to understand paleo datasets. In particular, thanks to the international GEOTRACES program started in 2003, more and more data has recently become available. Understanding geochemical processes in the ocean is of great importance for modern, paleo- and future applications. E.g. tracing the modern ocean circulation and identifying the sources and sinks of trace metals allows for a deeper understanding of the connection between the global ocean and Earth’s crust as components of the climate system. Tracking the modern ocean helps reconstruct the past ocean circulation and weathering inputs, because we become able to detect the course of water masses throughout the different basins. In turn, these reconstructions provide insights in how the climate system has changed and could change in the future. Ocean geochemistry contributes to compose the big picture of how the ocean interacts with the global climate.

Research group


Affiliate research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

Organiser of the G3 seminars

SOES6001: I have provided a topic and marked talks and essays to this module.

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

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