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New Technologies for Arctic Research

Underwater robot scheduled to surface after a year exploring the Arctic depths

The Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX tests innovative technologies during a Polarstern expedition

Robex Familienfoto im DFKI Salzwasserbecken
[18. August 2017] 

On Tuesday, 22 August the research icebreaker Polarstern will depart the Norwegian port of Tromsø for a unique expedition to the Arctic: the autonomous underwater robot TRAMPER is scheduled to resurface, after a full year of deep-sea exploration in the Arctic. It and other robotic systems jointly designed by deep-sea and aerospace researchers in the context of the Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX will now undergo nearly three weeks of testing under real-world operating conditions. The purpose of ROBEX is to develop new technologies for exploring remote...


Federal Cross of Merit for Karin Lochte

Appreciation for her outstanding professional and private engagement

[16. August 2017] 

AWI Director Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on August 16 in Berlin. With this honor Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appreciates the outstanding professional und private work of Karin Lochte.

Climate Research

Into the unknown - high altitude research aircraft explores the upper levels of the Asian Monsoon

International team of scientists investigates air at altitudes up to 20 km

[31. July 2017] 

Der asiatische Monsun ist eines der dynamischsten und energiereichsten Wettersysteme unseres Planeten. Ein internationales Wissenschaftlerteam unter Leitung des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts führt jetzt von Nepal aus erstmalig Forschungsflüge mit einem Höhenforschungsflugzeug in die oberen Bereiche des Monsuns aus. Anhand der Ergebnisse wollen sie das globale Klimasystem besser verstehen.

Plankton research

Time to rise and shine

Genetic clocks in zooplankton species regulate what is likely the largest daily movement of biomass worldwide

Ruderfußkrebs Calanus finmarchicus
[14. July 2017] 

The copepod species Calanus finmarchicus schedules its day using a genetic clock that works independently of external stimuli. The clock shapes the copepod’s metabolic rhythms and daily vertical migration. This in turn have an enormous influence on the entire food web in the North Atlantic.


Antarctic biologists meet in Belgium

Zwölftes biologisches Symposium von SCAR, dem Wissenschaftskomitee der Antarktisforschung

[10. July 2017] 

Antarctic scientists from all over the world meet in Leuven, Belgium, from July 10th to 14th. “Scale matters” is the overarching theme of the 12th biology symposium organized by SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. From the small molecular scale, through population and large ecosystem scale, biological processes and diversity span all these levels, and the contributions are accordingly variable.