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Antarctic Ocean

Stagnation in the South Pacific

Scientists from Oldenburg and Bremerhaven verify theory of the role of the South Pacific in natural atmospheric CO2 fluctuations

[23. February 2018] 

A team led by geochemist Dr. Katharina Pahnke from Oldenburg has discovered important evidence that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age was triggered by changes in the Antarctic Ocean.


Larsen C expedition

First scientific expedition to newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem

Eisberg-Abbruch am Larsen C-Schelfeis: Größenvergleich mit der Stadtfläche Berlin
[15. February 2018] 

A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), heads to Antarctica to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Carbon capture and storage

Influence of increasing carbon dioxide levels on the seabed

New study of an international group of researchers reveals how leaking CO2 affects the seabed habitat and its inhabitants

[07. February 2018] 

Storing carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed is one way to counteract the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. But what happens if such storage sites begin to leak and CO2 escapes through the seafloor? Answers to this question have now been provided by a study dealing with the effects of CO2 emissions on the inhabitants of sandy seabed areas.    


Celebrating 60 years of Antarctic Science

This week the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration

Celebrating 60 years of SCAR
[05. February 2018] 

Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society.


Making the Arctic accessible for excellent science

EU funds an Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium, which will provide researchers with improved access to research icebreakers

RV Polarstern
[02. February 2018] 

Fourteen partners from thirteen countries have joint forces to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. In the project “ARICE- Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium”, they aim at better coordinating the existing polar research fleet. The European Commission funds the project, which is coordinated by the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), with 6 million Euros.