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Out of Balance

Due to climate change, Greenland is losing more ice than it can replace, year after year

Mehrere Sommer lang transportierte dieser tief eingeschnittene Schmelzkanal den Überlauf von einem großen Schmelzsee zu einer Moulin (eine Leitung leitet das Wasser durch viele hundert Fuß zum Bett der Eisschicht ab).
[10. December 2019] 

Since the 1990s, the Greenland Ice Sheet has been seriously out of balance. Just as in the past, every year the snowfall there forms about 730 billion tonnes of new ice. But at the same time, Greenland is losing nearly 995 billion tonnes of ice each year, as reported in an article in the journal Nature, prepared by 96 researchers, who combined data from eleven different satellites. 


How extreme environmental conditions affect the human brain

Study from the Antarctic Neumayer-Station III

Die deutsche Forschungsstation Neumayer-Station III in der Antarktis.
[05. December 2019] 

Supported by the AWI researchers from the Charité set out to determine whether or not an Antarctic expedition produces changes to the structure and function of the human brain.


CO2 emissions are rising more slowly – but are still higher than last year

Global Carbon Project issues its latest report

Burke Island bei Nacht
[04. December 2019] 

The good news: the rise in global CO2 emissions has slowed. The bad news: this year, global emissions rose once again. This can be seen in the latest calculations from the Global Carbon Project, which Judith Hauck from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) substantially contributed to preparing.

Awards Ceremony

Antje Boetius awarded the 2019 Erna Hamburger Prize

AWI Director honoured as female researcher of the year

Antje Boetius auf dem EPFL-Campus vor der Preisverleihung des "Erna Hamburger Prize".
[12. November 2019] 

AWI Director Antje Boetius is honoured as female researcher of the year and awarded the “2019 Erna Hamburger Prize”. 

Scientific Publication

Coastlines’ contribution to climate change possibly underestimated

Erosion of permafrost coasts in the Arctic could vent major amounts of CO2

Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island), Yukon Territorium, Kanada: Versatz und Erosion von Küsten in der Arktis setzen abrupt organischen Kohlenstoff aus dem Permafrost frei, welcher schnell in Kohlenstoffdioxid und Methan umgewandelt werden kann
[07. November 2019] 

Permafrost coasts make up about one third of the Earth’s total coastline. As a result of accelerated climate change, whole sections of coastline rapidly thaw, and erode into the Arctic Ocean. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters now shows that large amounts of carbon dioxide are potentially being produced along these eroding permafrost coastlines in the Arctic.