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Debris in the Arctic

Plastic debris in the Arctic comes from all around the world – including Germany

AWI researchers have analysed the origins of plastic debris on the shores of Svalbard.

Picture of Plastic debris washed ashore in the Arctic
[07. February 2023]  “Citizen Science” gives interested citizens the chance to actively engage in scientific research. A citizen-science project conducted by AWI in the Arctic now shows just how successful this can be. In the course of five years, citizens who went on sailing cruises to the Arctic surveyed and collected plastic debris that had washed up on the shores of Svalbard. This has now been analysed by the AWI.

Polar sounds: Remixing the sounds of the Arctic and Antarctic seas

105 international sound artists and musicians participate in art-science collaboration “Polar Sounds”

Antarctic minke whale blow.
[03. February 2023]  Since late summer last year, 50 sound clips from the Arctic and Antarctic seas have been made available for sound artists and musicians from all over the world to creatively reinterpret. On Monday, the resulting compositions will be published at As part of the Polar Sounds project, the HIFMB and AWI are collaborating with one of the world’s largest sound projects, Cities and Memory.

Beyond EPICA: reached a depth of 808 meters in the Antarctic ice sheet

[Translate to English:] Das Bohrcamp bei Little Dome C
[01. February 2023]  The second drilling campaign of Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice has been successfully completed. The international research project is funded by the European Commission with 11 million euros and coordinated by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the CNR. It aims to obtain data on the evolution of temperatures, the composition of the atmosphere and the carbon cycle, by going back in time 1.5 million years through analyzing an ice core extracted from the depths of the Antarctic ice sheet. The complex deep ice drilling system was installed quickly, kicking off drilling operations and reaching a depth of 808.47 meters by the end of this 22/23 campaign. At Concordia Station, a support team processed and cut the first 217 meters of the extracted ice core.

Relaunch of the Sea Ice Portal: more intuitive layout and new features

AWI information portal on sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is now more interactive and includes new content

View: Arctic sea ice.
[24. January 2023]  Sea ice plays a central part in the Earth system: it cools our planet, shapes ocean currents, and offers a habitat for countless species. The SEA ICE PORTAL offers essential information on this and many other developments. From today, the platform is available in a completely new format – with a more modern interface and new, more accessible content specially targeting users who are newcomers to the topic of sea ice.

Global Warming Reaches Central Greenland

At high elevations of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the years 2001 to 2011 were 1.5 °C warmer than in the 20th century and represent the warmest decade in the last thousand years

[Translate to English:] Gletscherschmelze Grönland
[18. January 2023]  A temperature reconstruction from ice cores of the past 1,000 years reveals that today’s warming in central-north Greenland is surprisingly pronounced. The most recent decade surveyed in a study, the years 2001 to 2011, was the warmest in the past 1,000 years. The region is now 1.5 °C warmer than during the 20th century, AWI scientists report in Nature.