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Genome of the diatom Phaeodactylum sequenced

[15. October 2008] 

A large international group of researchers succeeded in sequencing the genome of a marine alga. The periodical nature reports that it is the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum (“The Phaeodactylum genome reveals the evolutionary history of diatom genomes” nature online, October 15th 2008). The researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association who participated in the research project concentrated primarily on this diatom’s evolution.

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New training strategy for climate research in the German federal state Bremen

[01. October 2008] 

The joint graduate programme “Earth System Science Research School” (ESSReS) will be inaugurated today in Bremerhaven. The interdisciplinary graduate programme will train 24 PhD-students of geo- and climate sciences during the next three years. Apart from the doctorate, far-reaching skills in geo-, bio- and climate sciences will be confirmed for the PhD-students. The research training group is a joint project of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen. It is sponsored by the Helmholtz Association with 900.000 Euros for three years.

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The river Weser as a training area for tsunami prevention – TECHAWI instructs specialist from adjacent countries of the Indian Ocean

[22. September 2008] 

They come from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar or the Seychelles: 13 representatives of the Hydrographical Surveys and Mapping Agencies from eleven nations bordering the Indian Ocean are currently participating in a two-week course at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. The aim is to correctly evaluate the threats originating from tsunami events.

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Low Arctic Sea Ice Cover in the Summer of 2008

[19. September 2008] 

The Arctic summer nears its end and the minimum extent of sea ice is reached. The Arctic ice cover amounted to 4.5 million square kilometres on September 12th. This is slightly more than the lowest ice cover ever measured: 4.1 million square kilometres in the year 2007. Scientists are anxious about the development of sea ice because the long-time mean is 2.2 million square kilometres higher. This development did not come about completely unexpectedly, however. A model calculation conducted at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association in early summer showed that the ice minimum of the year 2008 would lie below that of the year 2005 with almost one hundred per cent probability. A new minimum below that of the year 2008,...