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Taking aim at tiny threats

AWI experts offer recommendations on detecting microplastic

Beispiel einer Mikroplastikanalyse einer Prozessprobe in einem Klärwerk vor einer finalen Filtrationseinrichtung.
[21. September 2020] 

There are various methods for detecting microplastic in water and in other samples, but it’s often difficult to compare the results. An international team led by AWI-Scientists has now presented possible solutions.

Digital Leader Awards

Special Prize for "Digital Earth"

Helmholtz project awarded for innovative geo and environmental research

Ein Screenshot aus dem Digital Earth Viewer. In ihm können Simulations- und Messdaten geographisch und zeitlich interaktiv exploriert und verglichen werden.
[16. September 2020] 

Yesterday, the Helmholtz project "Digital Earth" for integrated geo-research was awarded the special prize for "Digital Science" of the "Digital Leader Awards" in the "Society" category. The companies NTT and IDG Business Media, together with other business partners, award these prizes across all sectors to projects and teams that drive the digital transformation.

Russian-German Cooperation

AWI Project Awarded as Top Research

Recognition for Russian-German polar research

Dr. Thomas Krumpen nimmt die Auszeichnung entgegen
[16. September 2020] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and its three Russian partners received an award in the category of top-level research for the QUARCCS project.

Nature Communications

Magmatic hotspot in the South Atlantic

New Publication by AWI and MARUM

[11. September 2020] 

Island chains like Hawaii are situated above so-called hotspots, where hot magma flows upward continuously over long time periods. It has been much debated whether there are currently active hotspots in the South Atlantic. Geoscientists from AWI and MARUM have presented important evidence: It is now clear that one of these hotspots is located in the middle of the South Atlantic, near the island of Tristan da Cunha.

Mission Earth

Mission Earth: An Aquanaut and Astronaut dive into the depths

Antje Boetius and Alexander Gerst with the research submersible off the Canary Islands

Antje Boetius und Alexander Geerst im Forschungs-U-Boot Lula 1000 vor den Azoren. Astronaut und Aquanautin tauschen sich aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven über die Zukunft unseres Planeten Erde aus.
[02. August 2020] 

Antje Boetius is currently in the Azores, where she undertaking deep sea dives with astronaut Alexander Gerst for his "Mission Erde" (Mission Earth) series. Alexander Gerst accompanies scientists wanting to gain a better understanding of the fragile Earth system on expeditions.