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Anniversary

25 years of the Arctic Station in Svalbard

The opening of the German Koldewey Station in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard on 10 August 1991

The Blue House in Ny-Ålesund: 25 years ago, the German Arctic Station in Svalbard was officially opened.
[10. August 2016] 

25 years ago, the German Arctic Station in Svalbard was officially opened by the former directors of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Prof. Gotthilf Hempel and Dr Rainer Paulenz, as well as the BMBF State Secretary, Mr. Bernd Neumann.


Marine Microplastics

Pathogenic bacteria hitchhiking to North and Baltic Seas?

For the first time, AWI scientists have found evidence of living, potentially pathogenic vibrions on microplastic particles

[21. July 2016] 

With increasing water temperatures comes an increasing likelihood of potentially pathogenic bacteria appearing in the North and Baltic Seas. AWI scientists have now proven that a group of such bacteria known as vibrios can survive on microplastic particles. In the future, they want to investigate in greater detail the role of these particles on the accumulation and possible distribution of these bacteria.


Climatology

Long-awaited breakthrough in the reconstruction of warm climate phases

AWI researchers decipher the temperature indicator TEX86 and overcome a seeming weakness of global climate models

The ocean's surface in the "Roaring Fourties".
[18. July 2016] 

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have overcome a seeming weakness of global climate models. They had previously not been able to simulate the extreme warm period of the Eocene. One aspect of this era that particularly draws interests to climatologists: It was the only phase in recent history when greenhouse gas concentration was as high as researchers predict it to be for the future.


New Technology

One year alone in the deep sea of the Arctic

First long-term mission of the AWI underwater robot Tramper from the research vessel Polarstern has begun

[18. July 2016] 

Far from any controls, an underwater robot has been working for the past few days in 2,500 metres of water on the seabed of the Arctic, after the completion of a successful test run. Researchers and engineers of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have deployed the deep-sea crawler Tramper for a year-round, fully autonomous mission for the first time. The mobile underwater robot, which has been developed within the Helmholtz Alliance Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments (ROBEX), will...


Arctic

Minister of Environment visits AWIPEV station

AWI Director Lochte and scientists give information on their research in Svalbard

[14. July 2016] 

Germans Federal Minister of Environment Barbara Hendricks visits Svalbard to get first hand information on climate change. Together with Karin Lochte and scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine research (AWI) she discusses global warming, which affects the Arctic particularly fast and heavily.


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