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North pole soon to be ice free in summer

AWI scientists contribute to international project

Eisbär auf dem Meereis / Polar bear on arctic sea ice.

Fotos von der Polarstern-Expedition ARK-XXVII-1 im Sommer 2012 (14. Juni - 15. Juli 2012, Bremerhaven-Longyearbyen); 

Ozeanografie: Projekt ACOBAR - Messung von Salzgehalt, Sauerstoff und Wassertemperatur an 80 Stationen entlang eines Schnittes bei 78°50' N;

Biologie: Netzfänge und Sedimentprobennahme an den Stationen; Amphipoden-Untersuchungen (PECABO); Beobachtungen von Seevögeln und Meeressäugern; 


Photo taken by Sebastian Menze during the Polarstern expedition ARK-XXVII-1 in summer 2012 into the Fram Strait, duration: 14th June - 15th July 2012
[20. April 2020] 

The Arctic Ocean in summer will very likely be ice free before 2050, at least temporally. The efficacy of climate-protection measures will determine how often and for how long. These are the results of a new research study involving 21 research institutes from around the world including the Alfred Wegener Institute, coordinated by Dirk Notz from the University of Hamburg, Germany.


European Research Council (ERC) funds Potsdam AWI researcher

FluxWin: Greenhouse gas emissions in permafrost regions

Claire Treat mit einem Permafrost-Torfkern,
[20. April 2020] 

Claire Treat from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Potsdam is head of the new junior research group FluxWin. Using a combination of scientific methods, she is investigating greenhouse gas emissions in permafrost regions during different vegetation periods. Her project is supported by the renowned individual funding of the European Research Council (ERC).

MOSAiC expedition

Coffee Break

Participants of the MOSAiC expedition report live on Instagram on their experiences

[14. April 2020] 

In the “Coffee Break” format, participants of the MOSAiC expedition report live on Instagram platform on their experiences in the Central Arctic. Esther Horvath and Maria Josefa Verdugo will start at April 16 at 4 p.m. (CEST) on the MOSAiC Instagram channel @mosaic_expedition.


AWI Helgoland’s student laboratory “OPENSEA” celebrates its 5-year anniversary

One-of-a-kind programme for schoolchildren on Helgoland’s rock mudflats

Die Gesamtschule Bremen Mitte beim OPENSEA-Kurs im Helgoländer Felswatt im Jahr 2019.
[30. March 2020] 

Five years of the student laboratory OPENSEA at the AWI’s Helgoland facilities: since 2014, Germany’s only island in the open sea has given interested school classes the opportunity to actively explore marine flora and fauna at a student laboratory. 

Helmholtz Climate Initiative

Website of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative shines in a new design

[06. March 2020] 

Attractive pictures, a clear menu and easily accessible information - this is how the new website of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative presents itself.