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The MOSAiC Expedition

Adventure in the Ice

Climate Researchers’ Plans for the Polarstern

[01. March 2017] 

Two-and-a-half years from now, the research vessel Polarstern will depart on an adventurous expedition. For an entire year, the ship will drift through the Arctic, stuck in the pack ice. Using this approach, the researchers hope to gain new insights into climate change.


Climate and weather prediction

Kick-off Meeting EU project APPLICATE

Scientists from 16 European institutions meet in Bremerhaven

[08. February 2017] 

From 8 to 9 February representatives from the 16 partner organisations taking part in the EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project are meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany. This Kick-off Meeting is the beginning of their collaborative efforts to improve climate and weather prediction for the Arctic and the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as contributing to improved Arctic observations.


Knocking on wood in the deep sea

Sunken logs form diverse and dynamic habitats

Biologists sank self-made food falls into the deep sea to enable them to study the organisms attracted by those morsels in great detail

[25. January 2017] 

The deep sea is a vast and seemingly uninhabitable place, except for some small oases of life. Sunken wood logs, so-called wood falls, can form such oases and provide for rich life for limited periods. A new study by researchers from the MPI Bremen takes a close look at the deep-sea organisms inhabiting wood falls and how they affect their surroundings. They show that sunken logs are highly dynamic ecosystems and play an important role for the diversity and distribution of bacteria and animals alike.


The Arctic

Climate change and its effects on marine life in Kongsfjorden

International team of scientists presents latest research results in two special issues of the journal Polar Biology

[09. December 2016] 

Kongsfjorden situated in western Spitsbergen is a Mecca for marine biologists and climatologists. Consequences of global change become apparent fast and are clearly visible on a small scale.


Aquaculture research

Lupinemeal is a sustainable and low-cost alternative to fishmeal in fish food

Study carried out by AWI biologists shows that even predatory fish tolerate the vegetable protein

[23. November 2016] 

Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Technologie-Transfer-Zentrum Bremerhaven have taken a major step forward in their search for an alternative to fishmeal, an expensive and ecologically problematic fish feed ingredient.


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