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Larsen C expedition

First scientific expedition to newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem

On Nov. 10, 2016, scientists on NASA's IceBridge mission photographed an oblique view of a massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. Icebridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, completed an eighth consecutive Antarctic deployment on Nov. 18.
[15. February 2018] 

A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), heads to Antarctica to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Climate Research

AWI publishes magazine on climate research in the Arctic and Antarctic

87 pages of reliable information on our planet's hotspots

Eisberg vor antarktischer Halbinsel
[14. February 2018] 

Making climate research accessible – it was with this goal in mind that the Alfred Wegener Institute released the magazine “Tracking Changes”. In articles, interviews and infographics, readers will come to realise why pursuing climate research in the polar regions is so vital. Further, the engaging and highly informative read will make them ideally prepared for the next time they find themselves in a discussion about climate change.

Carbon capture and storage

Influence of increasing carbon dioxide levels on the seabed

New study of an international group of researchers reveals how leaking CO2 affects the seabed habitat and its inhabitants

[07. February 2018] 

Storing carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed is one way to counteract the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. But what happens if such storage sites begin to leak and CO2 escapes through the seafloor? Answers to this question have now been provided by a study dealing with the effects of CO2 emissions on the inhabitants of sandy seabed areas.    

Nature Study

Climate variability – past and future

AWI researchers compare global temperature variability in glacial and interglacial periods

Die ersten 100 Meter
[05. February 2018] 

On the basis of a unique global comparison of data from core samples extracted from the ocean floor and the polar ice sheets, AWI researchers have now demonstrated that, though climate changes have indeed decreased around the globe from glacial to interglacial periods, the difference is by no means as pronounced as previously assumed. Until now, it was believed that glacial periods were characterised by extreme temperature variability, while interglacial periods were relatively stable. The researchers publish their findings advanced online in the...


Celebrating 60 years of Antarctic Science

This week the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration

60 Jahre SCAR
[05. February 2018] 

Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society.