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Anniversary

Ten-year anniversary of the Neumayer Station III

The scientific and political community alike stress the importance of German Antarctic research

Polar lights at Neumayer Station III
[18. January 2019] 

Since 2009 the Neumayer Station III, located on the Ekström Ice Shelf on the eastern coast of the Weddell Sea, has served as the primary base of operations for German Antarctic research activities. The station crew, together with a delegation from the research and political communities, are now celebrating its ten-year anniversary.


Climate change

The pace at which the world’s permafrost soils are warming

New global study reveals rising soil temperatures in permafrost regions around the world

AWI permafrost scientists investigate the eroding coastline at the Siberian island Sobo-Sise, Eastern Lena delta.
[16. January 2019] 

Global warming is leaving more and more apparent scars in the world’s permafrost regions. As the new global comparative study conducted by the international permafrost network GTN-P shows, in all regions with permafrost soils the temperature of the frozen ground at a depth of more than 10 metres rose by an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius between 2007 and 2016 – in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as the high mountain ranges of Europe and Central Asia. The effect was most pronounced in Siberia, where the temperature of the frozen soil rose by...


Symposium

Science Day at the Alfred Wegener Institute

Young scientists present their research

de: Der Neubau des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts von 1986 in Bremerhaven, vom Kölner Architekten Oswald Ungers entworfen.
[07. December 2018] 

December 7 is the day of junior researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute. From 9:00 to 15:00, graduates of all disciplines present their work in the lecture hall. AWI director Antje Boetius welcomes the PhD students, junior group leader Scarlett Trimborn gives a keynote lecture.


Climate Sciences

Global Carbon Budget released

AWI researcher coordinates contributions on the ocean carbon sink

Infografik zu den globalen Kohlenstoffflüssen
[05. December 2018] 

At the UN Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, this year’s Global Carbon Budget was released. For the purpose of the budget, researchers estimate the anthropogenic carbon budget for the planet as a whole; this includes the sources (emissions), the carbon sinks on land and in the ocean, and the carbon content of the atmosphere.


Arctic

How larches are conquering Siberia’s high northern reaches

Reconstructing the development of Siberia’s vast larch forests: Ranges of various larch species not chiefly determined by the climate

Zelte der AWI-Expedition auf der südlichen Taymyr Halbinsel
[29. November 2018] 

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have for the first time reconstructed the historical development of the larch forests in northern Siberia over the past 9,000 years. This allowed them to identify, which factors determine the ranges of various larch species, and to gauge the forests’ capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide.


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