Youtube videos + 360 degree videos

In September 2021, a field campaign took place in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Canadian Northwest Territories near the communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Our goal is to investigate the current state of permafrost as part of the Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems (MOSES) project. The 360° images and drone videos show the fieldwork we conducted at the study sites. The expedition was led by AWI Potsdam, in collaboration with GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam and Canadian partners from the Geological Survey and Wilfrid Laurier University.


A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is similar to an x-ray used in hospitals when you have a broken bone; we can see “inside” the frozen permafrost without destroying it. The obtained images show different colors based on density differences of the material (raw images). Lighter grey indicate higher densities (for example, mineral grains in white), darker grey lower density (for example, gas in black). We constructed 3D models based on the classified images into the categories “excess ice”, “air”, and two sediment types “A” and “B”.

MOSES Test campaign, Mackenzie Delta, NWT, Canada in 2021

Drone Video

The videos are grouped into playlists:

short version

long version

These videos made by Bill Cable show a MOSES permafrost thaw campaign in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT, Canada between 9-30 September 2021. The expedition was led by AWI Potsdam, in collaboration with the German Research Centre for Geosciences and Canadian partners from the Geological Survey of Canada and Wilfrid Laurier University. The videos were edited by Franz Waldmann.

Deep Dive Podcast | Geoscientist Ingmar Nitze

Interview, Podcast

Lennart Reimers' podcast appeared April 19, 2021 in Deep Dive Podcast on Anchor (Spotify).

Ingmar Nitze talks about permafrost & climate change, tipping point thermocast, climate predictions, beavers as climate sinners, mammoths as climate saviors and much more.


What a researcher does | Hugues on Arctic expeditions and when bears become dangerous

Interview, Video (German)

The interview was published in December 2020 in the program Welt Berufscheck.

Hugues Lantuit, permafrost coastal researcher at AWI and geomorphology professor at the University of Potsdam, gives an overview of the daily research routine of a polar researcher. Whether in the Potsdam office or in the Canadian Arctic, the tasks are diverse and varied. Hugues talks about encounters with bears, what you have to pay attention to when acquiring data in the Arctic, and how he came to his profession.


North Pole and South Pole: Can Earth's Great Ice Still Be Saved?

Artikel (German)

The great melt

Glaciers are shrinking, permafrost is thawing, the Arctic could soon be temporarily ice-free: can we still save the Earth's ice?

A breathtaking journey from the North to the South Pole.

The effects of global warming on the most remote regions of our planet is visualized in the Spiegel article "Die große Schmelze":  From melting sea ice at the North Pole to thawing permafrost in Siberia and North America, and from the loss of glaciers on Greenland and in high mountain ranges, to the increase in Antarctic sea ice. Impressive images illustrate the journey from the North to the South Pole.


In the realm of cold

Article (German)

The article, that provides insights into permafrost research and a warming Arctic, was published in the magazine Mare in 2020.

The research station on the island Samoylov, located in the middle of the Lena Delta, is an important basis for German-Russian permafrost research in Siberia. Günter Stoof was a station technician for many years until his retirement in 2018. He tells about his experiences and what it means to spend the summer in the Arctic tundra and keep a research station running.


HIDA - The magic of data 4K

Video (Digital Art)

The results of the project were presented live on the "re:publica Campus" in Berlin in 2020.

Credit: Michael Schmitz for Helmholtz/HIDA (

In her research, Tabea Rettelbach examines massive ice bodies in the ground, so called ice wedges. They form interesting structures on the surface. Her data on ice wedge polygons were included in an art project from the Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA), which was made by the digital artist Michael Schmitz (NEOANALOG) (from minute 6:56).


MOSES Test campaign at the Stechlinsee 2020


This video made by Bennet Juhls shows a MOSES Campaign on the Stechlin Lake from 17-20 August 2020. In addition to the LakeLab facilities of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), participants from Employees from AWI Potsdam, AWI Helgoland, German Research Centre for Geosciences and the University of Applied Science Brandenburg (THB) were involved.


How do we prepare for fieldwork in Siberia? By extensively testing the instruments, devices and the team in the vicinity of Brandenburg.

Permafrost: permanently frozen ground without frost - What does this mean for us and the carbon budget?

Online Presentation (German)

This presentation is created in collaboration with the project Permafrost Change and AWI4Future and was held in “Wissenschaft fürs Wohnzimmer” (Science at home) on 16 July 2020.

Matthias Fuchs and Josefine Lenz speak about permafrost and its relevance for global carbon storage. Following thaw of the frozen ground, plant remains can become available for microbial decomposition and set free greenhouse gases.

Stories about permafrost and polar research

Online Story

The webreport “Life in the Canadian Arctic” is a project of the research group PermaRisk, which is led by Moritz Langer, and was published in 2020.

Digital stories invite you to travel to the Canadian Arctic. Visual impressions and conversations with Arctic inhabitants and scientists allow you to experience life on permafrost and the consequences of permafrost thaw.


Frozen-Ground Cartoons


The comics were created by 12 young scientists and 2 artists as part of an IPA Action Group, 2015-2017. From this project, more products such as videos, animations and a board game were established. The translation of the comics into a variety of languages is in progress.
Michael Fritz is one of the involved scientists and the contact person for the printed versions.


These comics on the subject of permafrost tell stories about living and working on and with permafrost.

Permafrost in the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (SROCC) and what's´s new since then?


The presentations were created as part of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative and were broadcasted on livestream on 5 December 2019.

During the negotiations of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in December 2019 in Madrid, Guido Grosse and other international experts spoke in the Cryosphere Pavilion about the role of permafrost in the climate system. The background is the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (SROCC), which was published in 2019.

ICOP2016: Best-of the Conference


The video is a joint initiative from AWI, DEKRA Hochschule für Medien (Media Academy) and the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM.

This video summarizes the 11th International Conference on Permafrost that was held in Potsdam in June 2016. The conference was co-organized by the AWI Section Permafrost Research.

Permafrost - What is it?

Explanation video

The video was created by AWI’s Communication and Media department in March 2016.

This video introduces the topic permafrost and what happens when it thaws.