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Programmed Multicopter Flies Through the Arctic Autonomously

During the latest Polarstern expedition, researchers conducted an autonomous multicopter flight in the Fram Strait

Multikopter-Einsatz in der Arktis
[13. August 2015] 

Engineers on board the Alfred Wegener Institute’s research icebreaker Polarstern specially programmed a multicopter, allowing it to navigate despite the deviations produced by the Earth’s magnetic field near the North Pole. The researchers recently celebrated the copter’s first successful autonomous flight and landing on an ice floe.


Change of Staff in the Directorate of the Alfred Wegener Institute

Head of Logistics Department Dr Uwe Nixdorf new Vice Director

Dr. Uwe Nixdorf
[04. August 2015] 

Dr Uwe Nixdorf is the new Vice Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). As resolved by the Board of Governors, on 1 August 2015 he assumed his office as a new member of the Directorate, joining Prof Karin Lochte, Dr Karsten Wurr and Prof Karen Wiltshire.

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Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

Heincke-Expedition HE-408
[03. July 2015] 

A quarter of a century old, with over 900,000 kilometres (488,842 nautical miles) logged and still on the cutting edge of science and technology: 8 July 2015 will mark the Research Vessel Heincke’s 25th “birthday”. Staff from the Alfred Wegener Institute, which operates the Heincke, take part in expeditions with the ship just as often as fellow researchers and students from Germany and abroad.

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The oceans can’t take any more: researchers fear a fundamental change in the oceans – even if greenhouse emissions are successfully reduced

Coral reef and Boat (c) A. Venn
[02. July 2015] 

Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn’t happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of a new review study published today in the journal Science.

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Few opportunities to change: ocean warming and oxygen loss are putting marine life under more and more pressure

[04. June 2015] 

If you want to live, you need to breathe and muster enough energy to move, find nourishment and reproduce. This basic tenet is just as valid for us human beings as it is for the animals inhabiting our oceans. Unfortunately, most marine animals will find it harder to satisfy these criteria, which are vital to their survival, in the future. That was the key message of a new study recently published in the journal Science.