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Mission Earth

Mission Earth: An Aquanaut and Astronaut dive into the depths

Antje Boetius and Alexander Gerst with the research submersible off the Canary Islands

[02. August 2020] 

Antje Boetius is currently in the Azores, where she undertaking deep sea dives with astronaut Alexander Gerst for his "Mission Erde" (Mission Earth) series. Alexander Gerst accompanies scientists wanting to gain a better understanding of the fragile Earth system on expeditions.

AWI Sylt

Extension of the Library at AWI Sylt

Opening of the Rosenthal Reading Room

[03. July 2020] 

Official opening of the Rosenthal Reading Room: Harald Rosenthal donated almost a third of his private library to the AWI in List on Sylt.

EU Project

Mobilizing the ocean for climate protection

GEOMAR coordinates research project on ocean-based negative emissions technologies

[17. June 2020] 

Humanity cannot limit global warming to 1.5 degrees unless action is taken. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown this in its special report from 2018. From 1 July, scientists from 14 institutions including the Alfred Wegener Institute will be examining the opportunities and risks of ocean-based technologies for such negative emissions.

MOSAiC Expedition

New MOSAiC team now bound for the Arctic

[18. May 2020] 

Late Monday morning, the time had come: the German research vessels Maria S. Merian and Sonne departed Bremerhaven, headed for the Arctic. In addition to the ship’s crews, roughly 100 passengers were on board: researchers and Polarstern crewmembers. The two ships will tentatively rendezvous with the Polarstern near Svalbard this weekend, so that their passengers can relieve the current MOSAiC team. A substantial amount of scientific material, equipment and provisions will also be transferred.


New method for gauging methane release from Arctic lakes

Team of researchers uses radar to estimate methane emissions

[11. May 2020] 

A German-American research team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), which also included members from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), has now developed a method for determining the amount of methane released, drawing on satellite images to do so.