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New Building in Bremerhaven

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the AWI Technical Centre

Representatives of the political and research communities celebrate the future Rasmus Willumsen House

[18. April 2019] 

On Thursday, 18 April 2019 an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new Technical Centre for the development of innovative maritime technologies in Klußmannstraße, Bremerhaven. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal State of Bremen, and the City of Bremerhaven celebrated this milestone together with the Directorate and staff of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research.


Helmholtz program MOSES

Three research vessels – one mission

Research team takes a closer look at extreme high-flow and low-flow events

[16. April 2019] 

Based on global forecasts, storm events accompanied by heavy rainfall and flooding will occur 10 to 20 percent more frequently by the end of this century. Moreover, they and extreme low-water phases will produce a tremendous amount of damage, not to mention both socio-economic and ecological impacts. In order to better understand those impacts, on 16 and 17 April 2019 three research ships in the Helmholtz programme MOSES will undertake a joint research cruise from the Elbe estuary to Helgoland. 


EU Project

Retrieving Climate History from the Ice

In the Antarctic, European researchers plan to analyse essential climate data from the past 1.5 million years.

[09. April 2019] 

Climate Changes of the past: The consortium BE-OI has spent three years combing the Antarctic ice, looking for the ideal site to investigate the climate history of the past 1.5 million years. The results were presented at the conference "European Geosciences Union".


Arctic Ocean

The Transpolar Drift is faltering – and sea ice is now melting before it can leave the nursery

New AWI sea-ice study reveals the extreme scale of sea-ice melting in the Arctic

[02. April 2019] 

The dramatic loss of ice in the Arctic is influencing sea-ice transport across the Arctic Ocean. As experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report in a new study, today only 20 percent of the sea ice that forms in the shallow Russian marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean actually reaches the Central Arctic, where it joins the Transpolar Drift.


New Study

Colonisation in Slow Motion

A long-term experiment in the Arctic deep sea shows: Sedentary animals in deep waters only colonise new habitats extremely slowly

[21. March 2019] 

There is a wide variety of animals living on the Arctic seabed. Attached to rocks, they feed by removing nutrients from the water using filters or tentacles. But it can take decades for these colonies to become established, and they probably don’t achieve their natural diversity until much later. These are the findings of a unique 18-year study by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which has now been published in the scientific journal “Limnology and Oceanography”.


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