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New brochure published: Our climate from the polar perspective

Under the title "Climate Research at the Alfred Wegener Institute – The Polar Perspective" the institute has published a new brochure. Richley illustrated, clearly written and laid out, the brochure gives a good overview of some of the topics AWI is working on in the field of climate research in polar regions.

The Earth is undergoing profound climate change. The last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of 2007 shows, on the one hand, that climate change is advancing extremely rapidly and, on the other hand, that most of the warming of the past 50 years is very likely anthropogenically induced. Particularly the polar regions are very sensitive to even slight climate changes and therefore play a paramount role for the global climate system.

"Observations of temperature changes in the polar regions indicate a warming process in the Arctic and on the Antarctic Peninsula that is proceeding at double the pace of the global average. This rapid warming not only affects the polar regions, but has worldwide impacts. The melting of the ice sheet in Greenland and in the West Antarctic accelerates the rise in sea level and thus changes on all coasts, the decline in sea ice influences the global climate, the loss of permafrost regions alters entire landscapes and releases climate gases, and profound changes in the polar ecosystem can be expected as a consequence", wrote Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte, Director of Alfred Wegener Institute.

Download the broschure (PDF, 8MB) or order it at the climate office for polar regions and sea level rise: info(at)


Prof. Antje Boetius new Member of Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz

26 November 2010. Prof. Antje Boetius is new full member of the Academy of Science an Literature in Mainz. She was elected at the November meeting of the academy. Statuatory the academy serves for care of science and literature and functions to preserve and advance culture. It is organised in three classes - one for mathematics and science, one for humanities and social sciences, and a class for literature.

You can find the press release fo the Academy of Science an Literature in Mainz here (German only)...


Prof. Jörn Thiede to work in St. Petersburg

Marine geologist Jörn Thiede is among the winners of funding from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. These projects are aimed at attracting eminent scientists from all over the world to Russia.
 Prof. Jörn Thiede is going to establish a new interdisciplinary laboratory. He will be responsible for a laboratory “Paleogeography and geomorphology of polar countries and the World Ocean”, aimed at paleogeographical, geological, geomorphological and geochronological studies of relief and various types of sediments. New laboratory will also be a centre of education in mentioned fields of science.


Winners of "Green Talents Award" visit Alfred Wegener Institute

On November 11th the winners of the 'Green Talents Award' visit the Alfred Wegener Institute. With the 'Green Talents' competition the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invites outstanding young scientists from all over the world to visit some of Germany's best-known institutions for research on sustainability. A total of 234 young scientists from 57 countries had applied to become one of the "Green Talents". A high-calibre jury of German experts selected a total of 20 award winners who will travel through Germany from 1 to 11 November 2010 as part of a ten-day science forum. Please find further inforamtion on the BMBF-website...


From Marine Research to Applications in Offshore Wind Energy

Karen Wiltshire WAB Workshop

On November 9th the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Institute for Marine Resources (IMARE) and the Agency for Wind Power Bremerhaven/Bremen (WAB) organised the workshop: “From Marine Research to Applications in Offshore Wind Energy”. The event took place in Bremerhaven’s t.i.m.e.port II and brought together representatives from economy and research to exchange experiences in applications, innovations, and services. After an introductory lecture from AWI–vice-director Prof. Karen Wiltshire about the influences of climate change on the North Sea there were eleven application-oriented talks to the following three topics:
•    Effects of the surrounding area on offshore constructions and their monitoring
•    Impact assessment and approval procedures of offshore wind energy constructions
•    New concepts for the installation and use of offshore constructions
The participants were able to expand these themes in discussions and personal conversations and to develop new ideas for possible future projects and co-operations between economy and science.


Ocean Acidification: Coming Soon to an Ocean Near You

Ocean acidification is now happening ten times faster than that which preceded the extinction 55 million years ago of many marine species. If the current rate of acidification continues, fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs, hosting a wealth of marine life, will be seriously damaged by 2050. These and other facts and data on the speed and scale of impact that CO₂ emissions will have on the ocean and on humanity are summarized in the new guide, “Ocean Acidification: Questions Answered”. Compiled by the Ocean Acidification Reference User Group (RUG) and drawing on the expertise of over 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists, the guide is being launched by Prince Albert II of Monaco at a meeting co-hosted by IUCN. “As new scientific data are generated at an increasing pace due to the growing number of major research projects, it becomes even more critical that these findings are disseminated to end-users, including policymakers and the general public, and this is what we are doing today,” says Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Scientific Coordinator of the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA). One of the EPOCA theme leaders and contributor to the guide is Jelle Bijma, biogeochemist at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
To read the guide in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic visit the EPOCA website...

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