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EDEN-ISS Project

Greenhouse reaches the Antarctic

Menu of the overwintering crew at the Neumayer-Station III enriched by fresh vegetables

Arrival of the EDEN ISS greenhouse at the Neumayer-Station III
[11. January 2018] 

With the arrival and unloading of the EDEN ISS greenhouse at the edge of the Antarctic ice shelf, the construction process has begun. In the coming weeks, a team from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will set up the greenhouse, designed for extreme environments, just 400 metres from the German Neumayer Station III in the Antarctic. It will be run by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), which is working on the EDEN ISS project together with DLR.

ERC-funded Young Investigators Group

European Research Council awards grant to Potsdam-based AWI researcher

The SPACE project: New perspectives on the space-time structure of climate changes

[21. December 2017] 

How is the global climate connected to regional variations in temperature and precipitation? And what is the possible range of future climate variations? To help find answers to these questions, Dr Thomas Laepple will receive 1.5 million euros over the next five years from the European Research Council (ERC) to support his Young Investigators Group SPACE. Together with a five-member team, the climate researcher from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam will work to combine modern observational data with analyses of paleo-climate archives....


Polarstern sets sail for the Antarctic

Oceanographers will investigate the melting processes at work in shelf ice, which can lead to the calving of huge icebergs

Arbeiten an Deck
[19. December 2017] 

On Wednesday 20 December 2017, the research vessel Polarstern set sail south from Bremerhaven. After a stop in Cape Town, it will deliver supplies to the Neumayer Station III, and the researchers will subsequently gather vital data at the Filchner-Rønne Ice Shelf in the southern part of the Weddell Sea, which is permanently covered by sea ice, in order to examine the melt rates of the Antarctic glaciers. From March 2018, biologists will investigate marine life around the Antarctic Peninsula. Oceanographic studies will be carried out on the...

Marine plankton

Novel lenses enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution

Silica shell of diatom in fine detail

Röntgenhologramm einer Schale der Kieselalge Actinoptychus senarius mit einem Durchmesser von nur 0,1 Millimetern. Die 5000fache Vergrößerung zeigt feinste Details der Struktur.
[08. December 2017] 

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute scientists at DESY, a Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association, have developed novel lenses that enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometre regime.


Business as usual would not be sustainable

How the oceans can help satisfy the global demond for food

Wie können die Ozeane als Nahrungsquelle nachhaltig genutzt werden? Das europäische Konsortium SAPEA hat dazu jetzt ein Gutachten vorgelegt.
[04. December 2017] 

How can the oceans help satisfy the global demond for food. This question has been examined in the first Evidence Review Report by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) titled "Food from the Oceans".