Press releases and news flash 2013

Long-term data reveal: The deep Greenland Sea is warming faster than the World Ocean

24. September 2013
Recent warming of the Greenland Sea Deep Water is about ten times higher than warming rates estimated for the global ocean. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research recently published these findings in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. For their study, they analysed  temperature data from 1950 to 2010 in the abyssal Greenland Sea, which is an ocean area located just to the south of the Arctic Ocean.
(To the press release of the Alfred Wegener Institute: Long-term data reveal: The deep Greenland Sea is warming faster than the World Ocean)

AWI expert Peter Lemke appointed member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change

10 May 2013, Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke, head of the Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute has been appointed member of the German Advisory Council of Global Change (WBGU). On Wednesday this week the Federal government agreed to appoint the WBGU and its nine members for its sixth term. Four of these nine WBGU members are new.
The  WBGU was set up by the German federal government in the year 1992 as an independent, scientific advisory body. The Council's principal tasks are for instance to analyse global environment and development problems, to identify gaps in research, to initiate new research, and to elaborate recommendations for action and research. WBGU publishes flagship reports every two years, making its own choice of focal theme. In addition, the German government can commission the Council to prepare special reports and policy papers. Read more about the WBGU here.

New sea ice portal provides daily updated ice charts of the Arctic and Antarctic

Bremerhaven, 16 April 2013. During the 3rd REKLIM science workshop in Bad Honnef, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, today present the new German internet platform www.meereisportal.de which they have developed together with colleagues from the University of Bremen. As a German-language web platform, the portal offers daily updated sea ice charts of the Arctic and Antarctic in addition to a wealth of background information on the subject of sea ice. It also provides users with the opportunity to download different base data for their own purposes. In the near future the initiators also wish to publish the world’s first charts on the sea ice thickness as data products of CryoSat-2, the ESA satellite, in this portal.
To the press release of the Alfred Wegener Insitute: New sea ice portal provides daily updated ice charts of the Arctic and Antarctic