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Wandering Icebergs

Icebergs drifted in some cases close to the southern tip of Africa.

Drill core section
[14. January 2021] 

An international team led by Cardiff University and which included the AWI has now revealed how it was possible that during glacial periods, icebergs from Antarctica drifted much further north than they do today.


Antarctica

The new face of the Antarctic

How much CO2 can the Antarctic swallow?

King penguins live at the margin of the Antarctic,
[06. January 2021] 

Team of reseachers have provided an exceptionally comprehensive assessment of the status quo and future of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that surrounds it. 


Antarctic

Whale Song Reveals Behavioural Patterns of Antarctic Minke Whales and Humpback Whales in the Weddell Sea

The AWI’s underwater recordings confirm: minke whales prefer the shelter of sea ice, while humpback whales avoid it

Humpback whale fluke showing the characteristic coloration.
[17. December 2020] 

The AWI’s underwater recordings confirm: minke whales prefer the shelter of sea ice, while humpback whales avoid it


Antarctica

Back to the Roots of Antarctic Research

Overwintering team sails with Polarstern to the Antarctic Neumayer Station III

Overwinterers wait for Polarstern
[14. December 2020] 

This year, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer Station III will be exclusively supplied by sea.


Drought Forecasts

Central Europe: Dry Aprils pave the way for summer droughts

Researchers identify the causes of dry springs and describe their long-term consequences

Low tide of the Elbe in Dresden.
[07. December 2020] 

Researchers of AWI and UFZ have identified one of the reasons for the repeated dry Aprils and the correspondingly increased risk of drought. 


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