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Falling sea level caused volcanos to overflow

A Team of international researches found new connections between the solid earth and the climate system

Polarstern-Winterexperiment
[06. July 2017] 

Throughout the last 800,000 years, Antarctic temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations showed a similar evolution. However, this was different during the transition to the last ice age: approximately 80,000 years ago, temperature declined, while the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere remained relatively stable.


"Meet the members"

German Association for Marine Technology at the AWI

Bremerhaven-based members of the Association visit the Research Institute

[20. June 2017] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) welcomed members of the Association for Marine Technology (GMT). The AWI is itself a member of the association for offshore and marine technology, which, among other things, is committed to the transfer of knowledge and technology between science and industry in the marine-maritime field.


International Cooperation

Memorandum of Understanding signed in China

Cooperation in Arctic and Antarctic Research

[31. May 2017] 

The Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on their future cooperation.


Underwater acoustics

Look, who is calling?

AWI biologists identify calls and whistles of the world's smallest killer whale form

Schwertwale des antarktischen Ökotyps C in der Atkabucht.
[14. March 2017] 

AWI marine biologists Ilse Van Opzeeland and Elena Schall managed for the first time to record killer whale calls and identify which ecotype produced them. 


The MOSAiC Expedition

Adventure in the Ice

Climate Researchers’ Plans for the Polarstern

[01. March 2017] 

Two-and-a-half years from now, the research vessel Polarstern will depart on an adventurous expedition. For an entire year, the ship will drift through the Arctic, stuck in the pack ice. Using this approach, the researchers hope to gain new insights into climate change.


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