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CCAMLR Annual Meeting

Negotiations on an MPA in the Weddell Sea

International Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will meet in Hobart

[18. October 2019] 

At this year’s annual meeting, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will continue its negotiations regarding the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Weddell Sea. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute were instrumental in preparing the application for the European Union (EU), which was submitted in 2016. In addition to the EU and its Member States, Norway has since joined as a co-supporter.


MOSAiC expedition

Distributed Network successfully deployed

Complex system of buoys and measurement instruments is drifting in the environs of Polarstern

Distributed Network erfolgreich ausgebracht.
[16. October 2019] 

One central task during the first phase of MOSAiC has been completed. An international team of scientists  successfully deployed the so-called Distributed Network. This is the complex system of buoys and measurement instruments that is now drifting in the environs of Polarstern.


Panel Discussion

Art for the Protection of the Seas

Antje Boetius speaks as part of the art project WE ARE OCEAN

Antje Boetius bei Podiumsdiskussion "WE ARE OCEAN"
[09. October 2019] 

AWI Director Antje Boetius was part of a panel discussion in the context of the art project WE ARE OCEAN in Berlin on 2 October. Together with Sebastian Unger (IASS Potsdam), she spoke about climate change and sea level rise.


MOSAiC Expedition

A fortress of ice and snow

MOSAiC expedition begins its ice drift on a floe at 85 degrees north and 137 degrees east

Polarstern arrives at a potent ice floe. After comprehensive measurements, the involved scientists decided it to be the MOSAiC ice floe, with the location 85°N 137E. September 30, 2019
[04. October 2019] 

After only a few days of searching, experts from the MOSAiC expedition have now found a suitable ice floe, where they will set up the research camp for their one-year-long drift through the Arctic Ocean. Consequently, one of the most important milestones in the expedition has been reached ahead of schedule, and before the Polar Night falls. Nevertheless, the search, which involved satellite imagery, two icebreakers, helicopter flights and scouting missions on the surface of the ice, was an enormous challenge – partly because, after the warm summer, there were very few…


Federal Cross of Merit

Antje Boetius receives the Federal Cross of Merit

Commitment to preserving the oceans honoured

[02. October 2019] 

AWI Director Prof Antje Boetius receives the Federal Cross of Merit. According to the official explanation for her selection, she makes the latest oceanographic findings available to a broad audience, and her voice is taken seriously.


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