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The German National Committee for Polar Research meets at GEOMAR

40 experts discuss the implementation of the Polar Research Agenda 2030

German National Committee for Polar Research
[24. May 2018] 

Anyone concerned with the development of the global climate, rising sea levels or changes in marine ecosystems must always keep the polar regions in mind. The Arctic and Antarctic, for example, play a central role in the system of global ocean currents, and the large but shrinking ice sheets are important factors in the Earth's radiation balance.

Knowledge Transfer

AWI Director Antje Boetius and Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek open tour of MS Wissenschaft

The Science Ship 2018 invites you into the 'Working Worlds of the Future'

MS Wissenschaft 2018
[15. May 2018] 

The journey of 'MS Wissenschaft', which starts today in Berlin, will last four and a half months. Until October 9, the exhibition ship will be travelling through 34 cities in Germany. On the route, the ship stops at the AWI sites Bremerhaven and Potsdam.

Global Warming

New approach to global-warming projections could make regional estimates more precise

Computer models found to overestimate warming rate in some regions, underestimate it in others

[15. May 2018] 

A new method for projecting how the temperature will respond to human impacts supports the outlook for substantial global warming throughout this century – but also indicates that, in many regions, warming patterns are likely to vary significantly from those estimated by widely used computer models.

Marine Research

Official Symposium and Ship Christening in Kiel

Marine researchers at commemorative event in memory of the marine geologist Eugen Seibold

Festsymposium und Schiffstaufe in Kiel
[14. May 2018] 

On 11 May 2018, a high-level symposium was held in Kiel in memory of Eugen Seibold, at which AWI Director Prof. Antje Boetius gave a keynote speech. Marine geologist Seibold has trained and shaped generations of marine researchers, and would have turned 100 this year. Following the symposium, a new research vessel was christened ‘Eugen Seibold’.

Scientific Study

Signs of tipping point for oxygen minimum zone in the ocean

AWI researchers publish study on the regime shift with a two-degree rise in temperature

Schwerelot bei schwerer See (FS Sonne)
[08. May 2018] 

When ocean temperatures change, the natural variability of the oxygen supply and the associated biogeochemical cycles don’t respond in a lineal manner. Instead, circa 6,000 years ago a tipping point was reached relatively suddenly. This was the key finding of a study by group of researchers led by geologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which has now been published in the journal PNAS.