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Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

The Research Vessel Polarstern was in the Arctic for the past seven weeks. There, the summertime sea-ice extent declined by ca. 40 percent over the past 40 years – making it one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In order to better grasp such changes, the research teams on board the Polarstern investigated Atlantic Water Recirculation in Fram Strait and in the marginal ice zone north of Svalbard, as well as ocean/glacier interactions off the coast of Greenland.

Polarstern Expedition to the Arctic Ice

Polarstern Expedition to the Arctic Ice

Das Forschungsschiff Polarstern bricht heute zu einer gut siebenwöchigen Fahrt in die Arktis auf, wo mit dem Sommer die jährliche Meereisschmelze eingesetzt hat. Die sommerliche Ausdehnung des Meereises ist in den vergangenen 40 Jahren um 40 Prozent zurückgegangen – eine der sichtbarsten Folgen des Klimawandels. Wie Wärmeflüsse und Wasserschichtung im Ozean sowie die Eiseigenschaften die Meereisschmelze kontrollieren und miteinander wechselwirken, wird das Forschungsteam in der Meereisrandzone untersuchen.

Polarstern II: German Bundestag greenlights the construction of new icebreaker

Polarstern II: German Bundestag greenlights the construction of new icebreaker

The Research Vessel Polarstern has been underway in the Arctic and Antarctic for 40 years now. To ensure this research is also possible in the future, and at the highest scientific and technological level, the BMBF has enabled the AWI to coordinate construction of a modern, high-performance and sustainable successor to the Polarstern, and to announce a corresponding call for tenders. Now that the federal budget for 2022 was approved by the German Bundestag, the construction procurement procedure for Polarstern II can begin.