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GREENCYCLES Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Research and Training Network


Meike Vogt

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Postal Address:
Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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Current Research: Marine Production of DMS and its Interaction with Climate

This project (ESR V) investigates the feedback between climate and oceanic phytoplankton through the sulphur cycle.
Dimethylsulphide (DMS) is a volatile sulphur compound produced from the algal secondary metabolite dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP) by complex biotic interactions in marine ecosystems. The atmospheric oxidation products of DMS affect the radiative properties of the atmosphere by reflecting solar radiations and by affecting the concentration of cloud condensation nuclei (Charlson et al., 1987). DMS is the main natural source of sulphate aerosol to the atmosphere and the major route by which sulphur is recycled from the ocean to the continents.
The project includes: 1) the implementation of a sulphur cycle with species-dependent production of DMSP in the Dynamic Green Ocean Model (see below), 2) the inclusion of ocean DMS fluxes in a climate model, 3) running simulations for future climate scenarios including climate change. Furthermore, the impact of ocean acidification on DMS emissions has been studied in a mesocosm experiment.
This work is being undertaken in the framework of green ocean, an international project aimed at developing a community model of ocean biogeochemistry for applications to Earth system problems. It contributes to science objective 5 (Quantify impacts of climate change on terrestrial and oceanic biogenic emissions of aerosols and chemically active gases, and their effects on tropospheric chemistry) of GREENCYCLES. It is linked with the project of Nicholas (ER4).

Curriculum Vitae

since 2005 Greencyclist at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
2004 - 2005 Greencyclists (PhD student) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
2003 - 2004

Diploma Project in Theoretical Particle Physics at the Max-Planck-Instutute for Physics, Munich, Germany

1998 - 2002 Undergraduate studies in Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


M. Vogt, S. Turner, N. Yassaa, M. Steinke, J. Williams and P. Liss, Laboratory inter-comparison of dissolved dimethyl sulphide (DMS) measurements using purge-and-trap and solid-phase microextraction techniques during a mesocosm experiment, Marine ChemistryIn Press, Corrected Proof, , (available online 10 October 2007). (

M. Vogt, Steinke, M., Turner, S., Paulino, A., Meyerhöfer, M., Riebesell, U., LeQuéré, C., and Liss, P.: Dynamics of dimethylsulphoniopropionate and dimethylsulphide under different CO2 concentrations during a mesocosm experiment, Biogeosciences Discuss., 4, 3673-3699, 2007. (link toward abstract).

W.Hollik, S. Peñaranda and M.Vogt (2006). Flavour-changing effects on e+e-?Hb¯s¯,Hbs¯ in the MSSM, The European Physics Journal C- Particles and Fields, DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2006-02526-6 (published online 27 April 2006).