Contact Communications + Media Relations
Subscribe for press releases as RSS

Press release

Witnesses of glacial melting: marine researchers examine the influence of the rapid rise in freshwater inflow on marine algae along the west coast of Greenland

[10. August 2012] 

This year Greenland is experiencing one of the warmest summers in its recent history. This heat wave has meant that an international research team is in the unique position of being able to collect important climate data from the changing Arctic. Until today German and US scientists on board the research ship MARIA S. MERIAN have been studying the extent to which the strong inflow of meltwater into the fjords along Greenland’s west coast are altering the chemical composition of the seawater and thus the living conditions for algae and other microorganisms.

Press release

Methane measurements at low level flight

[25. July 2012] 

A team of scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association (AWI) and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has just completed an airborne measurement campaign that allowed for the first time to measure large-scale methane emissions from the extensive Arctic permafrost landscapes.

Press release

Climate research with maximum added value: radiation researchers from all over the world meet at the Alfred Wegener Institute

[24. July 2012] 

The sun is viewed to be the driving force of all life on earth. How much of its energy actually reaches the earth’s surface is being recorded by scientists with the Basic Surface Radiation Network (BSRN), a worldwide network of 54 radiation measurement stations. The measurements taken here were originally intended to investigate the energy flows at the earth’s surface which are responsible for our climate. However, the highly precise data are now not only of interest to climate researchers. Photovoltaic installations, for example, generate more energy if the manufacturers consider information provided by the BSRN measurements. The potential still provided by the measurement results will be discussed by scientists and customers of the network from 1 to 3 August 2012…

Press release

For the first time ever AWI researchers take samples of rising methane in the Arctic ocean, using their AUV PAUL

[23. July 2012] 

Press release

Current study in the scientific journal Nature: researchers publish results of an iron fertilisation experiment

[18. July 2012] 

An international research team has published the results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004 in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature. Unlike the LOHAFEX experiment carried out in 2009, EIFEX has shown that a substantial proportion of carbon from the induced algal bloom sank to the deep sea floor. These results, which were thoroughly analyzed before being published now, provide a valuable contribution to our better understanding of the global carbon cycle.