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Microplastic drifting down with the snow

In the Alps and the Arctic, experts confirm the presence of plastic in snow

Wissenschaftler des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts nutzen die Bordhelikopter des Forschungseisbrechers Polarstern, um Schneeproben auf dem Meereis zu nehmen. Selbst in der Arktis enthält der Schnee Mikroplastik.
[14. August 2019] 

Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in seawater, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and subsequently washed out of the air, especially by snow – this was demonstrated in a study conducted by experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute.


Polarstern departs for the Arctic

Conducting research at the long-term deep-sea observatory Hausgarten

Das deutsche Forschungsschiff Polarstern in der zentralen Arktis, Aufnahme von der Sommer-Expedition 2015

The German research vessel Polarstern during an expedition into the central Arctic Ocean.
[07. August 2019] 

On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research ship Polarstern will leave her homeport in Bremerhaven. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.

Young Scientists

Young people share what they have learned with the world

Graduation ceremony for students of oceanography

Expeditionsteilnehmer mit dem Kranzwasserschöpfer, der neben Probennahmegefäßen für Meerwasser auch Sensoren für die Bestimmung physikalischer Messgrößen liefert.
[28. June 2019] 

This coming Saturday, 29 June 2019, 33 young scientists from around the globe will be celebrating their graduation at the Alfred Wegener Institute. Ten scholarship holders have come to the end of a 10-month programme, and 23 young people have completed an exciting month-long expedition.


Antarctic season ends this weekend

Polarstern expected back in Bremerhaven

Polarstern in der Ferne, aufgenommen bei einer Eisstation der Meereisgruppe auf der Expedition PS118 ins westliche Weddellmeer, Antarktis.
[27. June 2019] 

After half a year in the Southern Hemisphere, the research icebreaker Polarstern will soon return to her homeport, Bremerhaven. Following a season of work focusing on sea ice, the icebreaker will now be prepared for her next challenge: the greatest Arctic research expedition of all time, which will begin this September.


An international team of young researchers on board the Polarstern

Exploring interactions between the ocean, atmosphere and climate, in theory and practice

Ein CPR (Continuous Plankton Recorder) wird vorbereitet.
[03. June 2019] 

25 young scientists from around the globe are currently taking part in a month-long expedition from the Falkland Islands to Bremerhaven on board the research icebreaker Polarstern as part of a summer school. On the ‘South-North Atlantic Training Transect’ they will gain unique insights into the marine sciences and engage in short projects on interactions between the ocean, atmosphere and climate.