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Rock cores

Search for the effects of the Chicxulub asteroid impact on life

International expedition to the Chicxulub impact crater

[12. October 2016] 

A team of international scientists drilled into the site of the asteroid impact, known as the Chicxulub Impact Crater, which occurred 66 million years ago. This joint expedition recovered a nearly complete set of rock cores from 506 to 1335 meters below the modern day seafloor.

Arctic Ocean

Great potential for comprehensive monitoring of the water masses in the ocean

AWI scientists present optical method for the distinction of melt and river water input

[07. October 2016] 

More melt water is entering the Artic Ocean from the glaciers due to climbing temperatures. In addition, the rivers are carrying large amounts of sediment from thawing permafrost. How the Arctic Ocean will react to such changes is a very big question, which is concerning scientists around the world. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute have now published, together with international colleagues, the usage of a new optical method by which it is easier and quicker to identify different water masses.

Early Career Scientists

APECS International Directorate at AWI Potsdam from February 2017

Memorandum of Understanding signed this week

[28. September 2016] 

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the AWI are pleased to announce that the APECS International Directorate will be hosted by AWI at its research centre in Potsdam, Germany for five years from February 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both this week

International Cooperation

German delegation with AWI director Karin Lochte at White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Alfred Wegener Institute assumes lead of two international research projects

[28. September 2016] 

On September 28, 2016, science ministers from 22 countries across the globe will gather in Washington, DC, for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Dealing with Climate Change Impacts

The Potsdam Summer School starts with young talents from all over the world

[29. August 2016] 

How to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable will be the focus of the Potsdam Summer School from September 5-14, bringing together more than 40 early-career scientists and young professionals from all around the globe.