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AWI Sylt

Extension of the Library at AWI Sylt

Opening of the Rosenthal Reading Room

Prof. Dr. Karen Wiltshire dankt Herrn Prof. Harald Rosenthal für die umfangreiche Schenkung an Spezialliteratur
[03. July 2020] 

Official opening of the Rosenthal Reading Room: Harald Rosenthal donated almost a third of his private library to the AWI in List on Sylt.

EU Project

Mobilizing the ocean for climate protection

GEOMAR coordinates research project on ocean-based negative emissions technologies

Within OceanNETs, experiments with the Kiel KOSMOS offshore mesocosms are planned to test the impacts and possible side effects of so-called ocean alkalinisation in marine ecosystems. Photo: Michael Sswat/GEOMAR 
Im Rahmen von OceanNETs sind unter anderem Versuche mit den Kieler KOSMOS-Offshore-Mesokosmen geplant, um Auswirkungen und mögliche Nebenwirkungen der sogenannten Ozean-Alkalinisierung in marinen Ökosystemen zu testen. Foto: Michael Sswat/GEOMAR
[17. June 2020] 

Humanity cannot limit global warming to 1.5 degrees unless action is taken. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown this in its special report from 2018. From 1 July, scientists from 14 institutions including the Alfred Wegener Institute will be examining the opportunities and risks of ocean-based technologies for such negative emissions.

MOSAiC Expedition

New MOSAiC team now bound for the Arctic

MOSAiC Leg 4 participants board RV Maria S. Merian vessel in Bremerhaven. May 18, 2020, Bremerhaven
[18. May 2020] 

Late Monday morning, the time had come: the German research vessels Maria S. Merian and Sonne departed Bremerhaven, headed for the Arctic. In addition to the ship’s crews, roughly 100 passengers were on board: researchers and Polarstern crewmembers. The two ships will tentatively rendezvous with the Polarstern near Svalbard this weekend, so that their passengers can relieve the current MOSAiC team. A substantial amount of scientific material, equipment and provisions will also be transferred.


New method for gauging methane release from Arctic lakes

Team of researchers uses radar to estimate methane emissions

Durch beständige Methanemissionen vom Seegrund offen gehaltene Stelle im Eis eines Sees in Fairbanks, Alaska
[11. May 2020] 

A German-American research team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), which also included members from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), has now developed a method for determining the amount of methane released, drawing on satellite images to do so. 


Why permafrost might thaw sooner than expected

In a new study, experts simulate various climate warming scenarios in northeast Siberia

[04. May 2020] 

How could thermokarst processes affect the thawing of permafrost in Northeast Siberia under different climate warming scenarios? The researcher from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Humboldt University and the University of Oslo now uses new computer models to answer the question.