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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.


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25 years of research in polar seas aboard the research vessel Polarstern

[22. November 2007] 

On December 9, 2007, the ice-breaking research vessel Polarstern will celebrate her 25th anniversary of service: since 1982, the world’s most powerful polar research vessel has been venturing to the Arctic and Antarctic on behalf of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, part of the Helmholtz Association. 7600 scientist from 36 nations have gained insights into the polar oceans aboard Polarstern, facilitating our current understanding of the earth as a system. The birthday celebration for Polarstern will take place on November 28 at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, and will include a special address by Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.


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Tsunami-recording in the deep sea - Data transfer for tsunami early warning system successfully tested

[15. November 2007] 

In order to extend alert times and avoid false alarms, a new seafloor pressure recording system has been designed to detect tsunamis shortly after their development in the open ocean. The project is directed by scientists of the working group ‘Marine Observation Systems’ at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, part of the Helmholtz Association.


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Change at the helm of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven: Karin Lochte takes over from Jörn Thiede

[24. October 2007] 

On October 31, 2007, Prof Dr Jörn Thiede will hand over the directorship of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, part of the Helmholtz Association, to Prof Dr Karin Lochte, a biologist currently with the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel. Thiede will continue his involvement with the Alfred Wegener Institute, especially in his capacity on the planning committee of the European research icebreaker Aurora Borealis.


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The sea-ice is getting thinner – A closer look at the climate and ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean

[13. September 2007] 

Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001. These are the initial results from the latest Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association lead expedition to the North Polar Sea.


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