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The Alfred Wegener Institute supports the “March for Science”

A statement by AWI Director Prof Karin Lochte

[18. April 2017] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) welcomes the March for Science. Institute staff will send messages of support to those participating in the “March for Science”

Antarctic expedition completed

Polarstern returns to its homeport with precious cargo

The research vessel is expected to arrive in Bremerhaven this Thursday, with 57 metres of sediment cores and 750 kilogrammes of rock samples on board

Polarstern nahe eines Eisbergs in der Pine Island Bucht.
[13. April 2017] 

The research vessel Polarstern is expected to enter its homeport with the early-morning high tide on Thursday, 20 April 2017, marking the end of a five-month season in the Antarctic for the icebreaker and her crew. Many geoscientists in Bremerhaven can’t wait to see the samples that were collected during a six-week foray into the Amundsen Sea this February and March.

Science on the Road

Experience the Antarctic – in your hometown!

Throughout the Science Year 2016*17, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s interactive polar exhibition will tour twelve German cities

[10. April 2017] 

With the interactive exhibition “Science on the Road”, the Alfred Wegener Institute allows visitors to view the world through the eyes of a polar researcher.


Researchers unravel the drivers of large iceberg movement

Tabular icebergs can drift through the Southern Ocean for eight years or more, and predominantly melt at the bottom

Iceberg near the South Shetland Islands
[07. April 2017] 

When, in the foreseeable future, a tabular iceberg nearly seven times the size of Berlin breaks off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic, it will begin a journey, the course of which climate researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research can accurately predict. The researchers have now succeeded in modelling how Antarctic icebergs drift through the Southern Ocean, and in identifying the physical factors behind their movement and their melting. Which factors are most important tends to depend on the size of...

For the first time in five years

RV Polarstern opens its doors to the public

On 22 and 23 April, the Alfred Wegener Institute will host an “Open Ship” event in Bremerhaven

Impressionen Polarstern Open Ship 2012
[01. April 2017] 

On the weekend of 22 and 23 April, Germany’s largest research vessel, the icebreaker Polarstern, will open her doors to the public as part of the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans. As they walk about the ship, visitors can tour the laboratories, living accommodations, and the bridge, giving them a feel for what it’s like to be part of an expedition.