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AWI director Antje Boetius supports the environmental photo festival »horizonte zingst«. From 25.5. Until the 2.6.2019, works from the polar regions of AWI photographer Esther Horvath will also be shown on the Baltic Sea.
With the Russian expedition TRANSARCTIC 2019, another milestone in Russian-German cooperation in Arctic research was successfully completed. On board the "Akademik Treshnikov" were seven scientists from German partner institutions (AWI, GEOMAR, University of Bremen and University of Kiel).
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the planet’s most powerful and arguably most important. It is the only one to flow clear around the globe without getting diverted by any landmass, sending up to 150 times the flow of all the world’s rivers clockwise around the frozen continent. It connects all the other oceans, and is thought to play a key role in regulating natural climate swings that have repeatedly swept the earth for millions of years. But much is still not known about how it works, including how it might now respond to human-induced climate change.
Two satellites from the ESA provide data to measure the thickness of Arctic sea ice. The combination of both satellites now enables accurate observations of both thick and thin sea ice with just one data product.
Today the members of the PETA-CARB team at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam have every reason to celebrate, as they were recently honoured with a brand-new award: the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area, which recognises outstanding engagement in key EU research projects, as well as the motivation to share the project outcomes with the public. The prize, which is awarded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, went to a total of six recipients, each of which will receive a cash award of up to 50,000 euros.