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New Information Material on a Proposal for a Marine Protected Area in the Antarctic Weddell Sea

Factsheet Weddell Sea MPA
[21. January 2021] 

The goal of the international Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean. In the course of revising the proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area in the Weddell Sea, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have also updated the fact sheet and short video about this proposal. The two publications illustrate why the Weddell Sea must be protected. 


Safely Navigating on the Ice

Two AWI researchers’ award-winning idea could make navigating in the Arctic easier

Tabea Rettelbach und Alexandra Zuhr in einer Videokonferenz mit dem Copernicus-Masters-Preis.
[18. January 2021] 

Driving across ice in a truck or snowcat is a dangerous undertaking. Especially since climate change means that the ice conditions are always unpredictable. But in the Arctic, it’s often the only way to reach your destination. With a new navigation system, known as “TransIce Nav”, AWI scientists Alexandra Zuhr and Tabea Rettelbach want to make journeys like this much safer in future.

Wadden Sea

Introduced Alga Now Transforming the Wadden Sea

AWI Scientist discovers new species

Die sich rasch ausbreitende Alge Vaucheria velutina
[21. December 2020] 

AWI researcher discovers new algae species that is changing the Wadden Sea.

JAMSTEC MARUM University Bremen

How hot is too hot for life deep below the ocean floor?

Publication in Science: International team researches the limits of life

Bei der IODP-Expedition 370 wurde das wissenschaftliche Tiefsee-Bohrschiff Chikyu eingesetzt.
[04. December 2020] 

At what depth beneath the seabed does it become so hot that microbial life is no longer possible? This question is the focus of a close scientific cooperative effort between the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen.

German Marine Research Alliance (DAM)

Impact of bottom trawling on marine protected areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea

Launch of the research activities of the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM)

Krabbenfischen für die Forschung
[30. November 2020] 

What impact will the exclusion of bottom trawling have on marine protected areas in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea and Baltic Sea? Two pilot missions in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, which started in March, are examining this key question as part of the research mission “Protection and Sustainable Use of Marine Areas” of the German Marine Research Alliance (Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung, DAM).