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A glimpse into deep ocean-floor structures

An expedition by the Research Vessel SONNE takes researchers to the Kerguelen Plateau

[15. January 2020] 

The objective of the upcoming expedition of the Research Vessel SONNE in January is a critical location for climate studies in the Indian Ocean. Dr. Gabriele Uenzelmann-Neben of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is the chief scientist for Expedition SO272. Scientists from MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen will also be participating.


Out of Balance

Due to climate change, Greenland is losing more ice than it can replace, year after year

[10. December 2019] 

Since the 1990s, the Greenland Ice Sheet has been seriously out of balance. Just as in the past, every year the snowfall there forms about 730 billion tonnes of new ice. But at the same time, Greenland is losing nearly 995 billion tonnes of ice each year, as reported in an article in the journal Nature, prepared by 96 researchers, who combined data from eleven different satellites. 


How extreme environmental conditions affect the human brain

Study from the Antarctic Neumayer-Station III

[05. December 2019] 

Supported by the AWI researchers from the Charité set out to determine whether or not an Antarctic expedition produces changes to the structure and function of the human brain.


CO2 emissions are rising more slowly – but are still higher than last year

Global Carbon Project issues its latest report

[04. December 2019] 

The good news: the rise in global CO2 emissions has slowed. The bad news: this year, global emissions rose once again. This can be seen in the latest calculations from the Global Carbon Project, which Judith Hauck from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) substantially contributed to preparing.

Awards Ceremony

Antje Boetius awarded the 2019 Erna Hamburger Prize

AWI Director honoured as female researcher of the year

[12. November 2019] 

AWI Director Antje Boetius is honoured as female researcher of the year and awarded the “2019 Erna Hamburger Prize”.