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Technical Design of the new European Research Icebreaker „Aurora Borealis“ finished

[03. December 2008] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the engineering company Wärtsilä Ship Design Germany presented the technical design of the European Research Icebreaker „Aurora Borealis“ in Berlin. As a combination of a heavy icebreaker, a scientific drilling ship and a multi-purpose research platform it is planned to operate year-round in all polar waters.


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Polarstern starts Antarctic Season

[30. October 2008] 


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In which way does climate change affect the complex interaction in ecosystems? - A perspective for a network of ecological and physiological research

[30. October 2008] 

Changes to marine ecosystems caused by climatic conditions show how closely physiological and ecological processes are intertwined. This is described by Prof. Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner, physiological ecologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, in the current issue of the periodical Science.


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Research around the North Pole - RV Polarstern returns home after its expedition through the Northeast and Northwest Passages

[17. October 2008] 

The German research vessel Polarstern has returned today to Bremerhaven from the Arctic Sea. It has cruised as the first research vessel ever both the Northeast and the Northwest Passages and thereby circled the North Pole. The third part of the research vessel’s 23rd Arctic expedition, operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute in the Helmholtz Association, started its journey on August 12th in Reykjavik and ended it on October 17th in Bremerhaven. The ship travelled a distance of 10.800 nautical miles, equivalent to 20.000 kilometres. On board were 47 researchers from 12 nations.


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