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Helmholtz Climate Initiative

Website of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative shines in a new design

[06. March 2020] 

Attractive pictures, a clear menu and easily accessible information - this is how the new website of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative presents itself.

Research in Europe

Hans-Otto Pörtner now a member of the European Academy of Sciences

AWI biologist hopes to promote the networking of the sciences in Europe in his new position

[27. February 2020] 

Prof Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II and Head of the Integrative Ecophysiology Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, has been selected as a new member of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc). 


Coastal carbon sinks protect permafrost material from decomposition

[04. February 2020] 

The Arctic is warming more strongly than any other region on Earth, which leads to serious erosion of coasts where organic matter was frozen in the permafrost for thousands of years. Once eroded material is released into the ocean, microorganisms break down ancient plant remains, releasing sizable quantities of greenhouse gases. Yet, as the latest analyses conducted by AWI experts show, part of the biomass released becomes trapped in deep sinks on the ocean floor off the Arctic coast – where it is protected from microbial decomposition. The outcomes of their analyses are intended to make climate models more accurate.

Advocate of the Seas

AWI Director Antje Boetius appointed Mercator Professor

Two lectures at the University of Duisburg-Essen planned

[24. January 2020] 

Antje Boetius has led expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, and is a passionate proponent of more climate protection and nature conservation, both in her private life and in various organisations. Now the AWI director has been given a new role: as the next Mercator Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

New Year’s Reception for the Bremen Senate

Antje Boetius as keynote speaker

Speech on climate change and polar research

[16. January 2020] 

“Nothing will be as costly as choosing not to invest in climate protection!” – so claimed AWI Director Antje Boetius at the New Year’s Reception for the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.