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Scientific Study

Researchers see need for action on forest fire risk

Scientists are researching human influence on forest fires

[17. September 2019] 

How do humans affect forest fires? And what can we learn from forest fires in the past for the future of forestry? An international team of researchers led by Elisabeth Dietze now provides new answers to these questions.



Arctic Sea Ice

Low sea-ice cover in the Arctic

Second-lowest September minimum since observations

[13. September 2019] 

The sea-ice extent in the Arctic is nearing its annual minimum at the end of the melt season in September. Only circa 3.9 million square kilometres of the Arctic Ocean are covered by sea ice any more, according to researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Bremen. This is only the second time that the annual minimum has dropped below four million square kilometres since satellite measurements began in 1979.



Climate Modelling

New Climate Model for the IPCC

AWI climate model part of the basis for the IPCC Assessment Report for the first time

[04. September 2019] 

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute now, for the first time, feed the results from their global models directly into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change database. The data is particularly interesting because the underlying model, developed at the AWI, depicts the sea ice and the oceans with far greater definition than conventional methods. The results are used by climate scientists and stakeholders around the globe to determine the effects of climate change on humans and the environment.


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