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The sleeping giant is waking

Accelerated permafrost thawing in the northern regions will have far-reaching consequences for the global climate

Thermokarst-Seen in Alaska
[06. May 2019] 

AWI researcher Guido Grosse is part of an international research team exploring the accelerated thawing of permafrost in northern regions around the globe. For this purpose, a comment has now been published in Nature magazine.

German Norwegian Ocean Forum

Sustainable oceans as a shared responsibility

Symposium in Bremen brings together diverse experts on the future of the world’s oceans

Antje Boetius und Melanie Bergmann beim deutsch-norwegischen Meeresforum. (Foto: Lisa Grosfeld)
[03. May 2019] 

At the German Norwegian Ocean Forum, experts discussed the topic of ‘sustainable oceans’. Impulse talks provided the basis for a professional exchange. AWI Director Antje Boetius moderated the event.

GEO-6 Report released

AWI researcher is one of the lead authors of the UN Environment Programme

The ‘Global Environment Outlook’ will offer politicians and other decision-makers concrete recommendations and future-ready strategies

Die Autoren des vierten Kapitels „Cross-cutting issues“ des GEO-6 Berichts. (Foto: UN Environment)
[02. May 2019] 

"Healthy planet, healthy people: Time to act!" AWI scientist Peter Lemke has been one of the lead authors in the Global Environment Outlook, a United Nations environmental report.


The Leibniz Ring goes to Antje Boetius

AWI Director honoured with the 2019 LeibnizRingHannover

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius Direkorin von Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung. (Foto: Esther Horvarth)
[24. April 2019] 

The selection committee of the Press-Club Hannover will honor Antje Boetius with the Leibniz RingHannover this year, honoring her scientific work as well as her communication skills.

New Study

What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change

Researchers take stock of the GRACE satellite mission in Nature Climate Change

[15. April 2019] 

On March 17, 2002, the German-US satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) were launched to map the global gravitational field with unprecedented precision. After all, the mission lasted a good 15 years - more than three times as long as expected. When the two satellites burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, respectively, they had recorded the Earth's gravitational field and its changes over time in more than 160 months.