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AWI researchers fulfil prominent roles in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

Three AWI researchers involved in IPCC's AR6

[09. April 2018] 

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has now announced the Lead Authors for its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) fulfil prominent roles in this regard: Prof. Hans-Otto Pörtner, an ecophysiologist at the AWI, has been Co-Chair (with Prof. Debra Roberts (South Africa) of the IPCC’s Working Group II since 2016. In addition, Dr Björn Rost and Prof. Dieter Piepenburg of the AWI have now agreed to serve as Lead Authors for individual chapters of the Assessment Report.

Arctic Research

Kick-Off Meeting: Nansen Legacy

AWI-Director Antje Boetius and Michael Karcher in Advisory Board

[09. March 2018] 

Diese Woche trafen sich rund 160 Wissenschaftler, Politiker, Industrievertreter und weitere Arktisinteressierte im norwegischen Tromsø. Sie gaben bei einem Kick-Off Meeting den Startschuss für das multidisziplinäre Projekt Nansen Legacy. Unter den Teilnehmenden waren AWI-Direktorin und Arktisforscherin Prof. Antje Boetius und Michael Karcher, die beide im Advisory Board sind.

Antarctic Ocean

Stagnation in the South Pacific

Scientists from Oldenburg and Bremerhaven verify theory of the role of the South Pacific in natural atmospheric CO2 fluctuations

[23. February 2018] 

A team led by geochemist Dr. Katharina Pahnke from Oldenburg has discovered important evidence that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age was triggered by changes in the Antarctic Ocean.


Larsen C expedition

First scientific expedition to newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem

[15. February 2018] 

A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), heads to Antarctica to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Carbon capture and storage

Influence of increasing carbon dioxide levels on the seabed

New study of an international group of researchers reveals how leaking CO2 affects the seabed habitat and its inhabitants

[07. February 2018] 

Storing carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed is one way to counteract the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. But what happens if such storage sites begin to leak and CO2 escapes through the seafloor? Answers to this question have now been provided by a study dealing with the effects of CO2 emissions on the inhabitants of sandy seabed areas.