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In the focus of international cooperation on signs of climate change

Two high-level delegations with representatives from science and politics visit the German-French Arctic research base AWIPEV in Ny Alesund

[30. April 2018] 

The delegations were informed in detail about international cooperation at the site with a focus on climate and environmental research. Accompanied by Kim Holmen, International Director at the Norwegian Polar Research Institute NPI, the visit to Svalbard gave them a chance to see the effects of climate change up close.


The future of the Thwaites Glacier

UK and US join forces to understand how quickly a massive Antarctic glacier could collapse

[30. April 2018] 

A joint UK-US research programme launched today is one of the most detailed and extensive examinations of a massive Antarctic glacier ever undertaken. The Alfred Wegener Institute directly participated in an expedition during which researchers explored the structure of the ice and of the ground below it.


Antje Boetius is awarded the Vernadsky Medal 2018

Seminal contributions to our knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems

Vernadsky-Medaille 2018
[10. April 2018] 

AWI director Prof Dr Antje Boetius receives the prestigious Vernadsky Medal for her groundbreaking contributions to biogeosciences and spearheading research on methane-based metabolisms and the marine carbon cycle.


AWI researchers fulfil prominent roles in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

Three AWI researchers involved in IPCC's AR6

[09. April 2018] 

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has now announced the Lead Authors for its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) fulfil prominent roles in this regard: Prof. Hans-Otto Pörtner, an ecophysiologist at the AWI, has been Co-Chair (with Prof. Debra Roberts (South Africa) of the IPCC’s Working Group II since 2016. In addition, Dr Björn Rost and Prof. Dieter Piepenburg of the AWI have now agreed to serve as Lead Authors for individual chapters of the Assessment Report.

Arctic Research

Kick-Off Meeting: Nansen Legacy

AWI-Director Antje Boetius and Michael Karcher in Advisory Board

[09. March 2018] 

Diese Woche trafen sich rund 160 Wissenschaftler, Politiker, Industrievertreter und weitere Arktisinteressierte im norwegischen Tromsø. Sie gaben bei einem Kick-Off Meeting den Startschuss für das multidisziplinäre Projekt Nansen Legacy. Unter den Teilnehmenden waren AWI-Direktorin und Arktisforscherin Prof. Antje Boetius und Michael Karcher, die beide im Advisory Board sind.