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Carbon-Hotspots in the Baltic Sea

Marine plants such as seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and salt marshes sequester large amounts of carbon in the sea floor. In the German Baltic Sea, for example, seagrass meadows currently store around 3 to 12 megatons. This is significantly more than was previously known, as the first results from Dr. Angela Stevenson from GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel show.

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EN Die Mischung macht’s

Der Wald ist ein einzigartiger und wichtiger Lebensraum für Mensch und Tier. Knapp ein Drittel der Erdoberfläche ist von Wäldern bedeckt. Auch in Deutschland ist es rund ein Drittel der Landfläche: 11,4 Millionen Hektar. Doch es steht derzeit nicht gut um den Wald. Das sich verändernde Klima setzt ihm mächtig zu. Andreas Huth und Friedrich Bohn erforschen, wie Wälder am besten auf künftige Extreme

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Further press releases from Helmholtz


Annual sea ice minimum in the Arctic

The sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean reached its annual minimum of 4.81 million square kilometres on 12 September 2021. As such, the 2021 Arctic sea-ice minimum comes in at 12th place on the…
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Coastal Waters Under Pressure

The waters off many of the world’s coasts are under enormous pressure. Climate change is altering entire ecosystems in coastal waters and shelf seas, and added to this are further stress factors like…
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Focus on global plastic pollution

Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, researchers from Germany, Sweden and Norway report in a new study published in the prestigious…
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CO2-neutral on the North Sea

The Alfred Wegener Institute is setting new standards for sustainability in German maritime shipping. On 8 June 2021 the keel for the successor to the research cutter Uthörn will be laid at the…
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Polarstern Sets Sail for the Arctic

On Whit Monday, 24 May 2021, the Polarstern will set sail for the Arctic. In Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard, more than 50 participating scientists will resume the long-term observations…
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Less Forest, More Species

Normally, mountain forests are among the most diverse habitats in alpine regions. Yet, as a team from the Alfred Wegener Institute discovered in the Tibetan Plateau, the higher, treeless areas are…
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Surprise in the deep sea

Sponges: They are considered to be one of the most primitive forms of animal life, because they have neither locomotion organs nor a nervous system. A team around deep-sea scientist Antje Boetius has…
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