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BIOACID - Major research project examines ocean acidification

[01. September 2009] 

The major research project BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification) starts today. It is a joint project which examines the repercussions of oceanic acidification on marine biological communities. The effects of oceanic acidification on lime formation, and growth and development of marine organisms will be examined in an interdisciplinary collaboration within the framework of BIOACID. The project is funded with 8.500.000 Euros by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the participation of 14 German research institutes and universities.


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The Biologische Anstalt Helgoland receives state-of-the-art research dive centre - Secretary of State Jost de Jager hands over grant notification of 850.000 Euros

[27. August 2009] 

Kiel/Bremerhaven/Helgoland. Fresh breeze for the dive centre of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland: Schleswig-Holstein’s Education and Science Secretary of State Jost de Jager handed today a grant notification of 850.000 Euros for the modernization and expansion of this research and training facility over to the directorate of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association.


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Searching for an interglacial on Greenland - The first season of the international ice core drilling project NEEM completed today

[20. August 2009] 

The first season of the international drilling project NEEM (North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling) in north-western Greenland was completed today. A research team, with the participation of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has drilled an ice core of altogether 1757.87 m length on the Greenland inland ice within 110 days. It is expected to contain data on climate history of about 38.000 years.


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Research institutes from Bremen install new Arctic deep sea observatory

[10. August 2009] 

Three research institutes from the German federal state Bremen among others have set up an observation ward for the long-term observation of a mud volcano in the Norwegian deep sea. This took place during RV Polarstern’s 24th Arctic expedition from July 10th until August 3rd. The endeavours are part of the project ESONET (European Seas Observatory NETwork), funded by the European Union. Its purposes are to provide information about the dynamics of gas eruptions in the next years and to show the consequences of these eruptions, for example on the biological communities on the seafloor. Another investigation area was the deep sea ecosystem west of Spitsbergen, the so-called “Hausgarten” of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz…


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Geoscientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute are back from an expedition to the Labrador Sea - Indications for volcanic eruptions in the younger geological history found

[20. July 2009] 

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have researched the geology of the seabed in the Labrador Sea on board of the research vessel Maria S. Merian. They have studied the so-called Eirik Drift at the southern tip of Greenland, a structure of several hundred kilometres length formed like a ridge. They discovered a submarine mountain (seamount) at the south-western fringe of their area of investigation that indicates volcanic eruptions during the past few million years.


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