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Arctic Climate Change

Substantial funding for Transregional Collaborative Research Centre

The aim is to observe the climate changes in the Arctic with a multitude of methods over longer periods

[20. November 2015] 

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the new Transregional Collaborative Research Centre “Arctic climate change”. The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the research partners in the project.

Climate Change

Warm water is mixing up life in the Arctic

AWI researchers’ unique 15-year observation series reveals how sensitive marine ecosystems in polar regions are to change

Experiments at AWI longterm observatory HAUSGARTEN. Selective enrichment of the seafloor with organic matter. Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Michael Klages
[19. November 2015] 

The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North. This is indicated by data from long-term observations in the Fram Strait, which researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have now analysed. Their most important finding: even a short-term influx of warm water into the Arctic Ocean would suffice to fundamentally impact the local symbiotic communities, from the water’s surface down to the deep seas. As the authors recently reported in the...

Long-term Research

Loss of Diversity Near Melting Coastal Glaciers

Sedimentation is impacting an entire ecosystem on the seafloor

[13. November 2015] 

Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by international experts in a study in the journal Science Advances.

Antarctic continent

Tribute to 3D-Printing

Lenticular printing will be included in the Hall of Fame of Cartography

3D visualization of the Antarctic
[12. November 2015] 

Our new map of the Antarctic continent and the seafloor of the Southern Ocean, which we have created with the TU Dresden’s Institute for Cartography, will be shown in the Hall of Fame of Cartography.

Nature Scientific Reports

Sea Ice Plays a Pivotal Role in the Arctic Methane Cycle

Nature study on greenhouse gas feedback mechanisms between the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean

[10. November 2015] 

The ice-covered Arctic Ocean is a more important factor concerning the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere than previously assumed. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) report on the newly discovered interactions between the atmosphere, sea ice and the ocean in a recent online study in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports.


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