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Arctic expedition

The next milestone in Russian-German Arctic research

Russian expedition TRANSARCTIC 2019, with AWI participation, successfully completed

[20. May 2019] 

With the Russian expedition TRANSARCTIC 2019, another milestone in Russian-German cooperation in Arctic research was successfully completed. On board the "Akademik Treshnikov" were seven scientists from German partner institutions (AWI, GEOMAR, University of Bremen and University of Kiel).

Southern Ocean

Expedition to the Most Powerful Ocean Current

Taking Sediment Cores with JOIDES Resolution in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current

[20. May 2019] 

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the planet’s most powerful and arguably most important. It is the only one to flow clear around the globe without getting diverted by any landmass, sending up to 150 times the flow of all the world’s rivers clockwise around the frozen continent. It connects all the other oceans, and is thought to play a key role in regulating natural climate swings that have repeatedly swept the earth for millions of years. But much is still not known about how it works, including how it might now respond...

Satellite observations of sea-ice thickness

AWI and ESA start operational service for improved satellite sea-ice thickness observations

The combination of two satellites provides improved observations

[16. May 2019] 

Two satellites from the ESA provide data to measure the thickness of Arctic sea ice. The combination of both satellites now enables accurate observations of both thick and thin sea ice with just one data product.

Microbiology of global change

Major questions concerning the role of microscopic life and our future

How microorganisms shape the dynamic evolution of our planet

[15. May 2019] 

"Microbiology of Global Change" is the name of the research field that deals with microbial responses to global warming and pollution. The journal "Nature Reviews Microbiology" asked Antje Boetius according to her assessment.


Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for Potsdam Research Team

Investigations into thawing permafrost soils and their effects on climate change

[14. May 2019] 

Today the members of the PETA-CARB team at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam have every reason to celebrate, as they were recently honoured with a brand-new award: the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area, which recognises outstanding engagement in key EU research projects, as well as the motivation to share the project outcomes with the public. The prize, which is awarded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, went to a total of six recipients, each of which will receive a cash award of up to 50,000...