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Polarstern Expedition

Climate Research in the Southern Ocean

Polarstern can undertake expeditions despite the pandemic – researchers will gather important long-term data for climate forecasts

[Translate to English:] Polarstern-Winterexperiment
[28. January 2021] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute has risen to the challenge of undertaking an expedition to the Weddell Sea in the Antarctic under pandemic conditions. Consequently, the participants in this year’s first Polarstern expedition will be able to resume their long-term measurements in the Southern Ocean, gathering data that forms the basis for our understanding of polar processes and for urgently needed climate forecasts.


Climate History

Wandering Icebergs

Icebergs drifted in some cases close to the southern tip of Africa.

Drill core section
[14. January 2021] 

An international team led by Cardiff University and which included the AWI has now revealed how it was possible that during glacial periods, icebergs from Antarctica drifted much further north than they do today.


Antarctica

The new face of the Antarctic

How much CO2 can the Antarctic swallow?

King penguins live at the margin of the Antarctic,
[06. January 2021] 

Team of reseachers have provided an exceptionally comprehensive assessment of the status quo and future of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that surrounds it. 


Antarctic

Whale Song Reveals Behavioural Patterns of Antarctic Minke Whales and Humpback Whales in the Weddell Sea

The AWI’s underwater recordings confirm: minke whales prefer the shelter of sea ice, while humpback whales avoid it

Humpback whale fluke showing the characteristic coloration.
[17. December 2020] 

The AWI’s underwater recordings confirm: minke whales prefer the shelter of sea ice, while humpback whales avoid it


Antarctica

Back to the Roots of Antarctic Research

Overwintering team sails with Polarstern to the Antarctic Neumayer Station III

Overwinterers wait for Polarstern
[14. December 2020] 

This year, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer Station III will be exclusively supplied by sea.


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