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Arctic warming

Dramatic warming in the Arctic

HALO-(AC)3 field campaign investigates a worrying phenomenon

[18. March 2022] 

In mid-March 2022, there was a massive influx of warm air into the Arctic, with several unusual phenomena such as heavy rain over the sea ice and massive clouds reaching almost as high as in the tropics. The international research campaign HALO-(AC)3 is investigating the processes causing the above-average increase in temperatures in the Arctic during the last decades that is suspected to modify the regional weather in the mid-latitudes, as well.

Further Education

“klimafit” – Learning About Climate Change at Our Doorstep

Courses on social decision-making and responsibility in climate protection rolled out nationwide as part of the National Climate Initiative

[01. March 2022] 

Rising temperatures, extreme weather events like heavy rain and storms – climate change is becoming more and more visible, and Germany is no exception. In this regard, every region faces its own unique challenges. With the course “klimafit”, the goal of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM, the WWF Germany and the Universität Hamburg is to prepare citizens for the effects of climate change at their doorstep. As part of the National Climate Initiative, the course will receive 2.2 million euros of funding over three years. In March 2022, the next round of courses will begin at 128 community colleges throughout Germany.


The formation of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was very different than previously believed

AWI experts confirm the delayed spread of the ice sheet 35 million years ago

[Translate to English:] Eisberg in der Pine Island Bucht
[21. February 2022] 

Roughly 35 million years ago, Earth cooled rapidly. At roughly the same time, the Drake Passage formed between South America and the Antarctic, paving the way for the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Thanks to these two factors, Antarctica was soon completely covered in ice. As a study from the Alfred Wegener Institute now shows, this massive glaciation was delayed in at least one region.

MOSAiC Expedition

Fish and squid found in the Central Arctic Ocean

Scientists detect unexpected species under the Arctic ice

[Translate to English:] Fisching
[18. February 2022] 

Single individuals of Atlantic cod and squid occur much further north than previously expected. Scientists participating in the international MOSAiC expedition with research icebreaker Polarstern  have found fish and squid in deep water in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. The results from Stockholm University, the Alfred Wegener Institute and colleagues in the European Fisheries Inventory in the Central Arctic Ocean (EFICA) Consortium are published today  in the scientific journal Science Advances.

Construction Begins on the BLUEHOUSE HELGOLAND

In 2024, a new permanent exhibition on marine research will open on Helgoland

[Translate to English:] Entwürfe für das Bluehouse Helgoland
[18. February 2022] 

Construction will soon begin on Helgoland’s next attraction: in spring, work will begin on the BLUEHOUSE HELGOLAND. From 2024, visitors can expect a unique exhibition covering everything from the history of the North Sea to the future of marine research. At the heart of the exhibition is an 80,000-litre aquarium showcasing Helgoland’s underwater world. The project has received ca. 20 million euros of funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the Municipality of Helgoland. The exhibition was designed by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which will also operate the facility.