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The European project Eurofleets: Coordinating the national research vessels in Europe

[06. October 2009] 

Bremerhaven, October 6th 2009. The project Eurofleets (European fleets) funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework program was recently launched with a meeting of about 100 scientists and fleet operators in Paris. 24 partners from 16 member states of the European Union or associated countries participated to further advance the networking of the European research fleets. The European Commission finances Eurofleets during the coming four years with 7.2 million Euros. The project is coordinated by the French research institute Ifremer. The Alfred Wegner Institute coordinates a subproject which is meant to enable researchers to gain unique and simplified access to a place on a European research vessel.

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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…