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Taking the Research Icebreaker to the "Hausgarten"

[16. June 2004] 

On June 16, 2004, the German research icebreaker "Polarstern" is scheduled to leave Bremerhaven for her 20th arctic expedition. During the first leg of the expedition, the main emphasis is on measurements of selected pollutants of air, water and snow, as well as on the hydrographic conditions in the Greenland Sea. In addition, any changes in the so-called "AWI-Hausgarten” (“Back Yard"), a long-term monitoring station in the arctic deep sea, will also be of great interest.


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Prestigious Oceanography Award for Prof Dr Victor Smetacek

[14. June 2004] 

On June 11th, Prof Dr Victor Smetacek, scientist at the 'Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research' (AWI) will be presented with the Manley-Bendall medal for his "work in the field of marine biology, as an expert on plankton and for his worldwide reputation" by the Oceanographic Institute in Paris


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Oldest Antarctic ice core reveals climate history

[07. June 2004] 

Secrets of the Earth’s past climate locked in a three-kilometre long Antarctic ice core are revealed this week in the journal Nature. The core from Dome C, high on East Antarctica’s plateau, contains snowfall from the last 740,000 years and is by far the oldest continuous climate record obtained from ice cores so far.


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"Polarstern" back from Antarctic expedition

[03. June 2004] 

Biologists investigated ecosystem and its changes

After more than seven months, the German research vessel "Polarstern" returned to Bremerhaven on June 2nd from its 21st Antarctic expedition.


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Climate researchers study haze over the Arctic

[19. May 2004] 

An international team of scientists is currently investigating a haze layer that spreads over the Arctic each spring. This layer of air contains aerosols whose expansion in the otherwise clean Arctic atmosphere leads to a level of pollution that usually occurs only over industrial areas. One of the most important questions arising is whether or not this might have direct or indirect effects on the climate.

Aerosols are air-suspended particles that directly influence climate through absorption or reflection of solar radiation. In addition, they can act as crystallization nuclei and cause formation of clouds, thus influencing climate indirectly. By spring 2000, scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research had already discovered that, during…


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