FRAM (Frontiers in Arctic marine Monitoring)

HGF infrastructur programme

Duration: 01.08.2014 - 31.07.2021

Coordination: Antje Boetius, AWI, Bremerhaven


The FRAM Ocean Observing System will be installed in the gateway between the North Atlantic and the Central Arctic, representing a highly climate-sensitive and rapidly changing region of the Earth system. FRAM will implement existing and next-generation sensors and observatory platforms, allowing synchronous observation of relevant ocean variables, as well as the study of physical, chemical and biological processes in the water column and at the seafloor.


Contact: A. Boetius, T. Kanzow, M. Löbl



ROBEX (Robotic Exploration of Extrem Environments)


Alliance between Helmholtz-Centres and external partners

Duration: 01.10.2012 – 30.09.2017

Coordination: Karin Lochte, AWI, Bremerhaven


The ROBEX alliance aims to pool expertise gained in lunar expeditions and deep sea investigations to identify, develop, and test technologies that will allow the exploration of highly inaccessible terrain, including areas on earth with extreme environmental conditions, such as the deep sea and Polar Regions, as well as other planets. The alliance will focus on developing a modular, robotic infrastructure that can function semi-autonomously.


Contact: F. Wenzhöfer



ARCHES (Autonomous Robotic Networks to Help Modern Societies)


HGF Future Topic Project

Duration: 01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020

Coordination: Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR-RMC, Oberpfaffenhofen


ARCHES aims to combine the various and so far still very specific robotic developments of Helmholtz research areas (ocean exploration and space exploration, as well as other potential application scenarios) and thus to develop a technological leap in Germany and beyond. Project partners are the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR), the GEOMAR – Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and the AWI.


Contact: F. Wenzhöfer