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Helmholtz program MOSES

Three research vessels – one mission

Research team takes a closer look at extreme high-flow and low-flow events

Wissenschaftler des Helmholtz-Programms MOSES beproben die Nordsee zwischen Cuxhaven/Büsum und Helgoland.
[16. April 2019] 

Based on global forecasts, storm events accompanied by heavy rainfall and flooding will occur 10 to 20 percent more frequently by the end of this century. Moreover, they and extreme low-water phases will produce a tremendous amount of damage, not to mention both socio-economic and ecological impacts. In order to better understand those impacts, on 16 and 17 April 2019 three research ships in the Helmholtz programme MOSES will undertake a joint research cruise from the Elbe estuary to Helgoland. 


EU Project

Retrieving Climate History from the Ice

In the Antarctic, European researchers plan to analyse essential climate data from the past 1.5 million years.

Round thread ice-core-drill coupling with tool on the outside and a piece of compacted ice chips inside during a field test close to the EGRIP Camp in Greenland
[09. April 2019] 

Climate Changes of the past: The consortium BE-OI has spent three years combing the Antarctic ice, looking for the ideal site to investigate the climate history of the past 1.5 million years. The results were presented at the conference "European Geosciences Union".


Arctic Ocean

The Transpolar Drift is faltering – and sea ice is now melting before it can leave the nursery

New AWI sea-ice study reveals the extreme scale of sea-ice melting in the Arctic

[02. April 2019] 

The dramatic loss of ice in the Arctic is influencing sea-ice transport across the Arctic Ocean. As experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report in a new study, today only 20 percent of the sea ice that forms in the shallow Russian marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean actually reaches the Central Arctic, where it joins the Transpolar Drift.


New Study

Colonisation in Slow Motion

A long-term experiment in the Arctic deep sea shows: Sedentary animals in deep waters only colonise new habitats extremely slowly

Kirstin Meyer (l) und Melanie Bergmann sammeln Organismen von dem Stahlrahmen, der nach 18 Jahren am Grund der akrtischen Tiefsee mit dem Forschungsschiff Polarstern wieder geborgen wurde.
[21. March 2019] 

There is a wide variety of animals living on the Arctic seabed. Attached to rocks, they feed by removing nutrients from the water using filters or tentacles. But it can take decades for these colonies to become established, and they probably don’t achieve their natural diversity until much later. These are the findings of a unique 18-year study by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which has now been published in the scientific journal “Limnology and Oceanography”.


Antarctic Expedition

Larsen C Ice Shelf Remains a Mystery

Sea-ice conditions prevents the Research Icebreaker Polarstern from reaching the Larsen Ice Shelf and Iceberg A68’s calving area

Das deutsche Forschungsschiff Polarstern während einer Eisstation im Weddellmeer.

Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. Juni - 12. August 2013; Kapstadt-Punta Arenas
Ziel der Expedition: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprogramm in Atmosphäre, Meereis, Ozean und Ökosystem im antarktischen Winter, um die physikalischen und biogeochemischen Eigenschaften und Prozesse während der Wachstumsphase des Meereises besser zu verstehen. Fahrt war die erste antarktische Winterexpedition seit dem Jahr 2006. (Kurs wie im Winterexperiment 1992) 


English

The German research vessel Polarstern during an ice station in the Weddell Sea.

Polarsternexpedition ANT-XXIX/6; 8. June - 12. August 2013; Cape Town -Punta Arenas (Chile); The aim of the cruise is to carry out an interdisciplinary research programm on atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem during winter to obtain an understanding of physical and biogeochemical properties and processes during the sea ice growth season. It was the first Antarctic winter expedition since the year 2006.
[08. March 2019] 

A few days ago, the captain and the head of the current Polarstern expedition jointly decided to abandon their efforts to reach the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Since dense sea ice and ice ridges blocked the planned route, the ship has now set course for alternative research sites further to the north.


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