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DriftStories from the Central Arctic – one year, one floe – sea-ice research to the extreme!

20 January 2021
Never before have experts had the chance to investigate the Arctic sea ice as comprehensively as on the international expedition MOSAiC, on board the research icebreaker Polarstern. For an entire year, the ship drifted with the ice through the Central Arctic; for an entire year, the men and women of MOSAiC used cutting-edge technologies to study every facet of the ice around them. They share the challenges they had to overcome, and what they learned at the polar hotspot of climate change, in the following ten DriftStories, which have now also been collected in the booklet “DriftStories from the Central Arctic”.
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Fact Sheet

Our current knowledge of:

Arctic and Antarctic - more differences than similarities?

(Published: November 2020)

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REKLIM anniversary magazine


How our lives are already changing

THE REKLIM ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE reports, in stories and images, on the research network’s findings and broad range of focus areas. In addition, it demonstrates how the research community can and is working in dialogue with society in order to address the most pressing questions of our time. Check it out!

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Understanding climate change on your own doorsteps

This was the title of an article in a new magazine on climate research in the polar regions, recently released by the Alfred Wegener Institute. The magazine’s fifteen articles, interviews and a wealth of infographics provide readers with a cutting-edge overview of the state of the art in climate research in the polar regions. But beyond research, it is also important to learn how climate change will manifest at the regional scale, because, in the future, people will first notice climate change in the form of changes to their own homes. Accordingly, in the Climate Initiative REKLIM, experts from nine Helmholtz Centres and various universities are working to better understand the regional impacts of climate change. A further goal is to make their scientific expertise directly available to societal actors and the general public.
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Research Topic of the Month

With the ’Research Topic of the Month’ the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM is pursuing the idea of showcasing representative activities in connection with its different research areas on a monthly basis. The entries offer a good overview of the diversity of, and advances in, REKLIM’s research endeavours; further, they chiefly address the needs of the universities and research institutes participating in the network. You can find the monthly entries, sorted by the network’s research topics, here ....


In its annual REKLIM Report, the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM addresses actors in the political, business and societal sectors, as well as interested members of the public. With the Report, these readers have the opportunity to follow progress made in the network’s activities and catch up on its findings and outcomes, prepared in an accessible format and language. In addition, the Helmholtz Climate Offices discuss their REKLIM-relevant activities in the Report, and young researchers can present their latest work in the form of a brief snapshot.
To date, the following articles have been published in this context since 2010:

FAQs IPCC 2013

The Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise and REKLIM, together with the German IPCC Coordination Office, have translated the FAQ for the IPCC’s Working Group 1 into German and published the results. This represents an important contribution to making the scientific findings presented in the IPCC Assessment Report accessible to a broader readership. The FAQ, which consists of 29 questions and answers, can be downloaded as a PDF here. DOI: