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Arctic Ocean

Great potential for comprehensive monitoring of the water masses in the ocean

AWI scientists present optical method for the distinction of melt and river water input

Bräunliche Färbung der Laptewsee durch einen starken Sediment-Eintrag
[07. October 2016] 

More melt water is entering the Artic Ocean from the glaciers due to climbing temperatures. In addition, the rivers are carrying large amounts of sediment from thawing permafrost. How the Arctic Ocean will react to such changes is a very big question, which is concerning scientists around the world. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute have now published, together with international colleagues, the usage of a new optical method by which it is easier and quicker to identify different water masses.

Early Career Scientists

APECS International Directorate at AWI Potsdam from February 2017

Memorandum of Understanding signed this week

[28. September 2016] 

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the AWI are pleased to announce that the APECS International Directorate will be hosted by AWI at its research centre in Potsdam, Germany for five years from February 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both this week

International Cooperation

German delegation with AWI director Karin Lochte at White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Alfred Wegener Institute assumes lead of two international research projects

[28. September 2016] 

On September 28, 2016, science ministers from 22 countries across the globe will gather in Washington, DC, for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Dealing with Climate Change Impacts

The Potsdam Summer School starts with young talents from all over the world

Melting ice in Potter Cove, Antarctica: The Potsdam Summer School will focus on long-term climate change impacts and the challenge of dealing with them.
[29. August 2016] 

How to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable will be the focus of the Potsdam Summer School from September 5-14, bringing together more than 40 early-career scientists and young professionals from all around the globe.


25 years of the Arctic Station in Svalbard

The opening of the German Koldewey Station in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard on 10 August 1991

Das Blaue Haus in Ny-Ålesund: Vor 25 Jahren wurde die deutsche Arktis-Station auf Spitzbergen offiziell eröffnet.
[10. August 2016] 

25 years ago, the German Arctic Station in Svalbard was officially opened by the former directors of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Prof. Gotthilf Hempel and Dr Rainer Paulenz, as well as the BMBF State Secretary, Mr. Bernd Neumann.