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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).

Climate History

From White to Blue

Rapid Sea-ice Retreat Triggers Abrupt Climate Change

Eisscholle in der Arktis
[10. November 2020] 

A new study by AWI researcher Henrik Sadatzki shows that widespread sea-ice retreat occurred within a period of 250 years or less and repeatedly triggered abrupt climate fluctuations during the last glacial.


[02. October 2020] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute comments on the latest reports in the media and social networks about alleged equality and diversity problems in connection with the MOSAiC expedition.