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The next milestone in Russian-German Arctic research

Arctic expedition

The next milestone in Russian-German Arctic research

With the Russian expedition TRANSARCTIC 2019, another milestone in Russian-German cooperation in Arctic research was successfully completed. On board the "Akademik Treshnikov" were seven scientists from German partner institutions (AWI, GEOMAR, University of Bremen and University of Kiel).

The Transpolar Drift is faltering – and sea ice is now melting before it can leave the nursery

Arctic Ocean

The Transpolar Drift is faltering – and sea ice is now melting before it can leave the nursery

The dramatic loss of ice in the Arctic is influencing sea-ice transport across the Arctic Ocean. As experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report in a new study, today only 20 percent of the sea ice that forms in the shallow Russian marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean actually reaches the Central Arctic, where it joins the Transpolar Drift.

Colonisation in Slow Motion

New Study

Colonisation in Slow Motion

There is a wide variety of animals living on the Arctic seabed. Attached to rocks, they feed by removing nutrients from the water using filters or tentacles. But it can take decades for these colonies to become established, and they probably don’t achieve their natural diversity until much later. These are the findings of a unique 18-year study by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which has now been published in the scientific journal “Limnology and Oceanography”.