Polar and Marine Research at the Alfred Wegener Institute
The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) conducts research in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in temperate latitudes. The AWI coordinates polar research in Germany and provides the necessary equipment and key infrastructure for polar expeditions.
At the Alfred Wegener Institute, scientists from various disciplines and nations are using state-of-the-art technology for cooperative and interdisciplinary investigations of the global climatic, biological and geological systems of the earth. Currently, the framework for ongoing scientific projects at the Alfred Wegener Institute is provided by the research programme PACES (Polar regions and Coasts in a changing Earth System), following the programm MARCOPOLI (2004-2008). Together with the Universities of Bremen and Heidelberg, and with the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alfred Wegener Institute also funds talented young scientists. An additional significant aspect is the extensive cooperation with numerous national and international institutions, through which the Alfred Wegener Institute is integrated into a global research network.
Understanding global changes of the environment and the biosphere, either natural or caused by humans, is the primary goal of research work at the Alfred Wegener Institute. Hence, the institute has an important role in keeping the federal government updated on its research results, and providing competent advice for the development of environmental policies.