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Siberia’s permafrost erosion has been worsening for years

River Bank erosion in the Lena Delta is contributing to the greenhouse effect

Side-view on the ice-rich Sobo-Sise cliff
[16. September 2020] 

The scale of the Riverbank Erosion is alarming: every year, roughly 15 metres of the riverbanks crumble away. In addition, the carbon stored in the permafrost could worsen the greenhouse effect. 


MOSAiC aerial campaign: first aerial survey flights in the Arctic since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic

German polar research aircraft launch from Svalbard to conduct aerial surveys of the sea ice and atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean

Polar 6 and Polar 5 research aircrafts arrived to Svalbard for the flight campaigns.
[31. August 2020] 

Following a five-month mandatory delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, on August 30th the two German polar research aircraft Polar 5 and Polar 6 will launch from Svalbard to conduct their first aerial survey flights over the Arctic this year. The flights, which will extend far into the Central Arctic, will support the investigation of the atmosphere and sea ice, and supplement the MOSAiC expedition’s extensive research agenda.

Climate Change

Greenland Ice Sheet Shows Losses in 2019

AWI researchers confirm record ice losses in Greenland in 2019 based on data from the GFZ/NASA satellite mission GRACE Follow-On

Icebergs from Jakobshavn Isbræ, Ilulissat Icefjord, West Greenland
[20. August 2020] 

The Greenland Ice Sheet recorded a new record loss of mass in 2019. This was the finding of a team of international researchers after evaluating data from satellite observations and modelling data.


MOSAiC expedition reaches the North Pole

During the final leg of the expedition, the research vessel Polarstern reaches the northernmost point on the Earth

Photo of the MOSAiC leg 5 team, crew and scientists, in the North Pole
[19. August 2020] 

At 12:45 pm on 19 August 2020 the German research icebreaker Polarstern reached the North Pole. The ship followed a route to the north of Greenland – and through a region that, in the past, was densely covered with ice, including multiyear ice. 


Forecasting low flow conditions for the Elbe and Rhine:

‘Drought stress test’ passed with flying colours!

Low flow at the river Rhine
[06. August 2020] 

Using global climate data, AWI researchers can now forecast low water levels in German rivers up to three months in advance – even in extreme cases such as the summer of 2018.