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Climate Change

Rising water temperatures threaten the reproduction of many fish species

Every degree of ocean warming increases the pressure on fish stocks

[03. July 2020] 

As spawning fish and their young are particularly sensitive to rising water temperatures, up to 60 percent of all species may be forced to leave their traditional spawning areas with climate change.


Beavers gnawing away at the permafrost

The large rodents are massively changing landscapes in the Arctic, which could have serious consequences for the frozen soils and our future climate

[30. June 2020] 

The spread of beavers in numerous tundra regions where they did not previously occur could accelerate the thawing of permafrost and thus further boost climate change.


MOSAiC Expedition

Polarstern returns to MOSAiC floe

New team continues fieldwork in the Arctic

[18. June 2020] 

After a month’s absence, on 17 June the German research icebreaker Polarstern rendezvoused with the MOSAiC floe at 82.2 ° North and 8.4 ° East, after having left it on 19 May 2020 to exchange personnel and bunker supplies near Svalbard. Full of energy, the research team for the fourth leg of the expedition, which consists of experts from 19 countries, is looking forward to continuing the one-year-long MOSAiC expedition and its research on the ocean, ice and atmosphere in the Arctic. Earlier this week, their predecessors from Leg 3 returned to Bremerhaven on board the research vessels Sonne and Maria S. Merian.


European Oyster

AWI project for marine nature conservation and biodiversity wins award

PROCEED named an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

[27. May 2020] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s project to “establish the sustainable production of seed oysters for a long-term reintroduction programme (PROCEED)” has now been named an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity. This honour is bestowed upon outstanding projects intended to preserve Germany’s biodiversity.


Long-term study

Benthos in the Antarctic Weddell Sea in decline

Benthic organisms are reacting to the dynamic sea-ice development

[07. May 2020] 

Over the past quarter-century, changes in Antarctic sea-ice cover have had profound impacts on life on the ocean floor.


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