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Technical Centre

The Alfred Wegener Institute receives Technical Centre

AWI and the city of Bremerhaven present plans for future use at the 'Handelshafen' Area

[17. November 2016] 

Together with the city of Bremerhaven and the Fischereihafenbetriebsgesellschaft (FBG - fishing port operator), the Alfred Wegener Institute has specified the potential use of the area on the Klußmannstraße. A Technical Centre for technical development work as well as expedition preparations is to be built on the opposite side of the AWI campus at "Am Handelshafen".


The quest for the oldest ice on Earth

EU funds three-year project to decipher climate history with 2.2 million Euros

[14. November 2016] 

In Antarctica internationally leading ice and climate scientists of 14 institutions from ten European countries are looking for the oldest ice on Earth. Goal is to find the place, where in Antarctica the ice core can be drilled which goes furthest back in Earth’s history. The European Commission funds the project “Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice” (BE-OI) with 2.2 million Euros, which is coordinated by the German Alfred Wegener Institute.

Project Kick Off

EU Horizon 2020 Project APPLICATE kicks off

Studying Arctic's Connections to Weather and Climate in Europe, Asia and North America

[14. November 2016] 

An EU-financed project investigating ways to improve weather and climate prediction in the face of a rapidly changing Arctic officially started this month. Known as APPLICATE, the 8 million Euros project, financed by the EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation programme, involves 16 partners from nine countries and will be carried out over a period of four years.


Summer School "Climate and Ocean" on RV Polarstern

25 scholars from 20 countries are exploring the Atlantic from north to south

[10. November 2016] 

On Saturday, November 12th, the research vessel Polarstern will set off for a one-month expedition towards Cape Town from Bremerhaven. On board there are 25 outstanding young scientists from the marine research, who together with twelve teachers explore the interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Satellite Remote Sensing

New satellite technology promises great progress for glacier research

Researchers are developing a unique radar, which could allow a view of Earth’s ice sheets

[04. November 2016] 

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute are developing with experts from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) a new satellite measurement method for the observation from space of the large ice masses of Greenland and the Antarctic. “Tandem-L” is the name of a new satellite radar system, which launched in the year 2022 could provide urgently needed data concerning the shrinkage of the ice sheets in both hemispheres. Concerning the construction of the radar and the launch of the satellite mission of the same name, the Science Council is to advise the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the end of November as part of a review procedure.