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Centre of Excellence

Graduation of scholars of oceanography on Helgoland

Successful but unusual project completion in times of Corona

Der 7. Stipendiumsjahrgang des Centre of Excellence am Alfred-Wegener-Institut, v.l.n.r.: Hadeer Ismail (Ägypten), Dieu Anh Dinh (Vietnam), Manfred Désiré Bonga Nyetem - (Kamerun), Adreeja Chatterjee - dahinter - (Indien), Sharloth Fernández - vorne - (Ecuador), Jeffrey Munar (Philippinen), Andréa Mesquita (Brasilien), Pedro Carrasco De La Cruz (Peru), Antonella De Cian (Argentinien), Gabriel Akoko Juma (Kenia)
[14. July 2020] 

Ten scholars from just as many countries officially end the seventh year of the Nippon Foundation POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) on Helgoland on 15 July. Thus, a total number of 70 scholars have successfully been trained and built up a trusting and sustainable network of future marine researchers in key positions.


Celebrating 40 Years of the Alfred Wegener Institute

Unique infrastructure and scientific excellence are the hallmarks of the AWI

The new building of the Alfred Wegener Institute on Columbusstrasse in 1982
[13. July 2020] 

40 years of research in the Arctic, Antarctic and in coastal regions: on 15 July, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) celebrates its 40th anniversary. With its innovative science and excellent research infrastructure, the AWI has become a global leader and internationally recognised centre for climate research in the two polar regions and the world’s oceans.

Bivalve ice with pebbles

The latest findings on the MOSAiC floe

Scientific study describes the nursery of sea ice and provides the basis for future assessments of research data

MOSAiC ice floe during Leg 4, June 30. 2020
[06. July 2020] 

The New Siberian Islands were the birthplace of the MOSAiC floe: the sea ice in which the research vessel Polarstern is now drifting through the Arctic was formed off the coast of the archipelago, which separates the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea to the north of Siberia, in December 2018. Sediments, and even small pebbles and bivalves, were incorporated into the ice during the freezing process, which the on-going melting process has brought to light on the surface of the MOSAiC floe.

Climate Change

Rising water temperatures threaten the reproduction of many fish species

Every degree of ocean warming increases the pressure on fish stocks

Cod embryos in the egg
[03. July 2020] 

As spawning fish and their young are particularly sensitive to rising water temperatures, up to 60 percent of all species may be forced to leave their traditional spawning areas with climate change.

Scientific Publication

Beavers gnawing away at the permafrost

The large rodents are massively changing landscapes in the Arctic, which could have serious consequences for the frozen soils and our future climate

Beavers eating shrubs in a pond near the Tonsina River, Alaska
[30. June 2020] 

The spread of beavers in numerous tundra regions where they did not previously occur could accelerate the thawing of permafrost and thus further boost climate change.