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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


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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Climate Research in the Southern Ocean

The Alfred Wegener Institute has risen to the challenge of undertaking an expedition to the Weddell Sea in the Antarctic under pandemic conditions. Consequently, the participants in this year’s first…
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Wandering Icebergs

During glacial periods, icebergs from Antarctica drifted much further north than they do today. An international team led by Cardiff University and which included the AWI has now revealed how this…
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The new face of the Antarctic

In the future, the Antarctic could become a greener place and be colonised by new species. At the same time, some species will likely disappear. 25 researchers recently presented these and many other…
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Back to the Roots of Antarctic Research

This year, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer Station III will be exclusively supplied by sea. The research vessel Polarstern will transport– as usual – materials and fuel to the Antarctic…
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Fighting the Salmon Louse

It’s a nightmare for fish breeders, causes damage amounting to millions, and is also a growing problem for wild salmon: the salmon louse is high on the list of notorious fish parasites. In a new…
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