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Nature Conservation

International Oyster Alliance

Founding of the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance (NORA) to restore the European oyster

Europäische Auster
[14. November 2017] 

At an international workshop, nature conservation authorities and organisations, scientists and oyster farmers have founded a European network. Their goal is to reintroduce and restore stocks of the now rare and highly endangered native European oyster.

Climate Research

The end of the African Humid Period

Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa

[08. November 2017] 

Researchers from several European institutions found that northern high-latitude cooling played a role in triggering the rapid termination of the African Humid Period 5500 years ago.

Ocean Acidification

A strong case for limiting climate change

BIOACID concludes after eight years of extensive research on ocean acidification

Heincke-Expedition HE-408
[25. October 2017] 

In November 2017, the German research network on ocean acidification BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification) reaches its conclusion after eight years of extensive interdisciplinary scientific activity.

Earth observation

In the right place at the right time

The Helmholtz Association is setting up a flexible, mobile measuring system for Earth observation

Symbolbild Klimamodellierung
[13. September 2017] 

Over the next five years, nine research centres of the Helmholtz Association will collaborate to create a flexible, mobile measuring system for Earth observation: MOSES – Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems.


Potsdam Summer School Explores the Future of Cities

International exchange on the sustainability of human environments

Gebleichtes Riff
[29. August 2017] 

The rapid pace of change around the world is presenting humankind and human environments with tremendous challenges. What strategies can we employ to future-proof our cities in the age of climate change? Experts will discuss these issues at the Potsdam Summer School.