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High-ranking award for Antje Boetius: Biologist receives grant from the European Research Council to study bacteria of the Arctic seabed

[02. November 2011] 

Bremerhaven, 2nd November 2011. Prof. Antje Boetius, head of the deep-sea research group at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association and Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen has received confirmation of the European Research Council's commitment of funds to the amount of about 3,4 million Euros. The renowned biologist from Bremen will use the funds in the coming five years to explore the deep-sea floor in the Arctic to unravel the role of the largely unknown bacterial communities living there.


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New aircraft for research – Polar 6 ready for first assignment in Antarctica

[28. October 2011] 

Today the new polar research aircraft Polar 6 will be presented in Bremerhaven, at the beginning of next week the Basler BT-67 will take off to the Antarctic. Its first job there will be to carry out measurements of the ice crust, which is up to several kilometres thick.


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Polarstern launches 28th Antarctic season

[27. October 2011] 

On Friday, 28 October 2011 the research icebreaker Polarstern sets off on its 28th Antarctic expedition. Over 200 scientists and technicians from research institutions in 14 countries will take part in the five expedition legs.


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Indications from other end of the world: Scientists reconstruct Greenland’s climate history with the help of Antarctic ice cores

[26. October 2011] 

A distance of around 14,000 kilometres separates Greenland from Antarctica. Nevertheless, using climate data from Antarctic ice cores, an international team of researchers succeeded in reconstructing a curve for Greenland temperature changes that goes back 800,000 years into the past, thus enabling completely new insights into the climate history of Greenland and the North Atlantic.


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