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Half time in the International Polar Year 2007/08

[04. March 2008] 

Scientists present the most important results of polar and climate research at the 23rd International Polar Meeting in Münster from March 10 – 14, 2008.


Press conference on March 10 at 01:00 p.m.

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Helicopter crashed in Antarctica near the German research station Neumayer II

[02. March 2008] 

On Sunday morning one of the two helicopters of the German research vessel “Polarstern” crashed near the German Antarctic research station Neumayer II. Two people have been killed, three injured.

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Antarctic expedition provides new insights into the role of the Southern Ocean for global climate.

[04. February 2008] 

In the Southern Ocean, large quantities of surface-drifting plankton algae are able to significantly reduce the carbon dioxide content of the surface waters, which can affect the global carbon dioxide cycle. This is one of the results from an Antarctic expedition which has just drawn to a close in Cape Town on February 4, and which was led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, part of the Helmholtz Association.

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Polarstern has broken the ice - Landing site is ready for unloading of new Antarctic research station Neumayer III

[16. January 2008] 

At 2.20 am local time, the research icebreaker Polarstern reached the landing spot at the edge of the Ekstrom Ice Shelf in the Antarctic. After several days of ice breaking, a newly created navigation channel through the compact sea ice finally allowed access to a suitable docking location for the freighter Naja Arctica. The vessel has been appointed by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, part of the Helmholz Association, to transport the new research station Neumayer III to the Antarctic, and is expected to begin discharge of station components and construction vehicles throughout the day today.

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Climate change and life in the Southern Ocean - Research vessel Polarstern sets out for Antarctic research season

[27. November 2007] 

A ten-week expedition to the Lazarev Sea and the eastern part of the Weddell Sea opens this year’s Antarctic research season of the German research vessel Polarstern. Starting November 28, scientists from eight nations will focus much of their work on climate-related research as part of the International Polar Year.