Here you can find the press releases of the Alfred Wegener Institute. Please note, that the images contained in the press releases are for use in connection with the press release, exclusively. For any other usage, please contact our communications department.
31. January 2012: 30 years of hard work in the services of research – the Alfred Wegener Institute celebrates the birthday of RV Polarstern
This year the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association (AWI) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of Polarstern, the ice-breaking research and supply ship of the German polar research. Despite its age, Polarstern, providing space for a maximum of 55 scientists, still counts among the best-equipped research icebreakers in the world. RV Polarstern has not only reached the North Pole three times in its career but is also an indispensible vessel to supply the German Neumayer Station III in the Antarctic. The Alfred Wegener Institute is organising an open ship event for the public on 3 June 2012 to mark Polarstern’s anniversary.
27. January 2012: Discovery of the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf 100 years ago
On 31 January 1912, Wilhelm Filchner reached the Antarctic Filchner-Ronne ice shelf named after him in the second German Antarctic expedition. His work showed that, contrary to the hypotheses popular at that time, there was probably a connection between the West Antarctic Peninsula and the East Antarctic.
26. January 2012: New study shows correlation between summer Arctic sea ice cover and winter weather in Central Europe
Even if the current weather situation may seem to speak against it, the probability of cold winters with much snow in Central Europe rises when the Arctic is covered by less sea ice in summer. Scientists of the Research Unit Potsdam of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association have decrypted a mechanism in which a shrinking summertime sea ice cover changes the air pressure zones in the Arctic atmosphere and impacts our European winter weather.
12. January 2012: Meteorological observatory becomes climate observation station – 30 years of temperature measurements at Neumayer Antarctic research station
The meteorological observatory at the Antarctic Neumayer Station III is now officially considered to be a climate observation station by virtue of the fact that meteorologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association have been measuring the air temperature in Antarctica on a daily basis for 30 years. One of the results of the long-term research: the air at Neumayer Station has not become warmer over the past three decades.
21. December 2011: The Copernicus of Geosciences: Alfred Wegener presented his revolutionary theory of continental drift 100 years ago
On 6 January 1912, the annual meeting of the Geological Association in Frankfurt, Germany witnessed the spectacle of one man against the world. On this date, the meteorologist Alfred Wegener, then 31, gave his talk on the formation of oceans and continents, and in the process shook the foundations of accepted doctrine. The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research will celebrate its namesake on the hundredth anniversary of his theory. Together with the Senckenberg Museum, the AWI will host a commemorative colloquium at the historic scene of Wegener’s presentation in Frankfurt.
8. December 2011: Via research aircraft instead of dog sled: 100 years after conquest of the South pole geophysicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute conduct survey of glaciers in Antarctica on board Polar 6
With dog food and a pack of huskies Dr. Veit Helm would not get far on his Antarctic expeditions. Instead, the geophysicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association conducts research on the icy continent from on board an aircraft and successfully completed the first measurement campaign of the new Polar 6 research plane a few days ago. (with photo gallery)
1. December 2011: Simultaneous ice melt in Antarctic and Arctic
Current Science publication shows: Antarctica was not as climatically isolated as previously thought
23. November 2011: HIGHSEA, the successful classroom instruction project of the Alfred Wegener Institute, gets a new partner school
HIGHSEA, the innovative classroom instruction project of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, will cooperate with the Carl-von-Ossietzky School Centre in Bremerhaven as of the coming school year.
11. November 2011: Inauguration of modern micro wind turbine for guesthouse on Helgoland Island
A new wind turbine for the guesthouse of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland will be inaugurated today. The quietrevolution qr5 micro wind turbine is going to help cover the power requirements for the so-called Mielck-Haus in Helgoland’s Unterland.
7. November 2011: EU project launch: PAGE21 closes gap in our understanding of the climate system
Today researchers from eleven countries will meet in Potsdam to launch a new, four-year EU project. What happens when the vast amounts of carbon in Arctic soils are released to the atmosphere?