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AWI project for marine nature conservation and biodiversity wins award

PROCEED named an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

AWI-Wissenschaftler Bernadette Pogoda wurde für ihr Projekt von der UN-Dekade Biologische Vielfalt ausgezeichnet
[27. May 2020] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s project to “establish the sustainable production of seed oysters for a long-term reintroduction programme (PROCEED)” has now been named an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity. This honour is bestowed upon outstanding projects intended to preserve Germany’s biodiversity.

Long-term study

Benthos in the Antarctic Weddell Sea in decline

Benthic organisms are reacting to the dynamic sea-ice development

[07. May 2020] 

Over the past quarter-century, changes in Antarctic sea-ice cover have had profound impacts on life on the ocean floor.

Deep-Sea Research

Simulated deep-sea mining affects ecosystem functions at the seafloor

Deep-sea mining-related disturbances have a long-term impact on the natural ecosystem functions and microbial communities at the seafloor.

Ein Schwamm wird direkt vom ROV entnommen, das noch am Substratknoten befestigt ist
[29. April 2020] 

Deep-sea mining could provide a way to address the increasing need for rare metals. However, its environmental impact is only partially known. Researchers now describe that deep-sea mining-related disturbances also have a long-term impact on the natural ecosystem functions at the seafloor.

MOSAiC Expedition

Alternative resupply plan for Polarstern now in place

Thanks to the support of the German research vessels Merian and Sonne, the MOSAiC expedition will continue, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The new MOSAiC team will start in May.

Ocean City mit der Polarstern im Hintergrund
[24. April 2020] 

Despite the current challenges, the MOSAiC expedition will continue. After many national borders were closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, one team transfer had to be postponed.


World Press Photo Award for AWI Photographer

Esther Horvath wins one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, with a picture from the MOSAiC expedition

Polar bear mom and cub visit the ice floe and check out flags and equipment next to Polarstern vessel. October 10, 2019, Esther Horvath for The New York Times
[17. April 2020] 

Caught in the glare of Polarstern’s spotlights, a curious mother polar bear and her cub explore the MOSAiC ice camp – with this image Esther Horvath, a photographer and photo editor at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), won the World Press Photo Award for an individual picture in the category “Environment”, as the World Press Photo Foundation announced on the evening of 16 April.