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Geoscientific evidence for subglacial lakes

Meltwater lakes under the Antarctic Ice Sheet accelerated glacial retreat in the Earth’s past

[01. June 2017] 

During the last glacial period – when the ice in the Antarctic was far thicker and extended further offshore than it does today – it has been speculated that subglacial lakes existed beneath it. An international team of researchers has now successfully sampled the metre-thick sediment layers left behind by these lakes contemporary on the seafloor. This is the outcome of a study by Gerhard Kuhn and colleagues, which was published today in the journal Nature Communications.


Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity officially founded

Providing the scientific basis for marine conservation

[31. May 2017] 

How and why is marine biodiversity responding to global change? How are these changes affecting marine ecosystems and their functions? And how can society adapt to or mitigate them? From now on, researchers will focus on these questions at the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB), which was officially inaugurated today at the University of Oldenburg

Arctic Research

How is climate change affecting fauna in the Arctic?

Polarstern expedition explores the interplays between the atmosphere, ice and ocean – and the effects on the ecosystem

[18. May 2017] 

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 49 atmospheric and cloud researchers, sea-ice physicists, marine biologists and biogeochemists will embark on a joint expedition headed for Svalbard. On board the research vessel Polarstern from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) all of these disciplines are focused on just one question: How is the climate changing the Arctic?

Project launch

Climate researchers are pursuing better ice and weather predictions for improved safety in the Arctic and Antarctic

The WMO and AWI kick off the international research initiative “Year of Polar Prediction” to offer improved protection for humans and the environment in polar regions

[15. May 2017] 

Today, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) officially announced the start of the international research initiative Year of Polar Prediction.

Anniversary celebrations

125 years of oceanographic research on Helgoland

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s Biological Institute Helgoland hosts an open-house event

[11. May 2017] 

125 years ago, the Royal Biological Institute (Königliche Biologische Anstalt) was founded on Helgoland – and oceanography has been a fixture on the island ever since. To mark this milestone anniversary, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s BAH will be hosting an open house: on 19 May (on Helgoland) and 20 May (on Sylt), visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to learn more about the researchers and the work they do.