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Increasing nutrient input has implications for food webs in the Arctic Ocean

by Herbert - 13th February 2018
Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid Arctic climate change: in the...
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Greenpeace travels to unexplored parts of the Antarctic

by Herbert - 19th January 2018
Expedition to provide further arguments for the world's largest marine protected area Greenpeace will explore previously barely known regions in th...
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Increase in melting sea ice may lead to higher food supply in Arctic

by Herbert - 26th September 2017
In the Arctic, melt ponds are formed every year when snow and sea ice melt at the end of winter. As a result of global warming, there are increasingly...
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Arctic: AWI underwater robot Tramper successfully recovered

by Herbert - 31st August 2017
Almost 60 weeks of measurements of oxygen content at the bottom of the deep sea obtained On 27 August 2017, deep sea explorers of the Alfred Wegene...
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Underwater robot “TRAMPER” to surface after a year in the Arctic deep sea

by Herbert - 22nd August 2017
Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX tested innovative technologies on expedition On Tuesday, August 22nd, the research vessel Polarstern will set off on a spe...
Mares

Temperatures in Arctic archipelago may soon rise beyond freezing point

by Mares - 10th July 2017
Scientist predict that the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard may experience above-freezing temperatures for the first time on record, as a result of gl...
Herbert

Glacial retreat accelerated by meltwater lakes under Antarctic Ice Sheet

by Herbert - 4th July 2017
During the last glacial period, the ice in the Antarctic was thicker and extended farther offshore than it does today. It has been speculated that sub...
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Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an imp...
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Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discoveryWater temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freezing is ...
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Growing problem of litter in the Arctic depths

by Herbert - 16th February 2017
Sea ice may be responsible for transporting plastic wasteThe Arctic has a garbage problem. In just a decade, the amount of litter at an Arctic deepse...
Mares

Studying the effects of coastal erosion in the Arctic

by Mares - 18th January 2017
The thawing and erosion of the arctic permafrost coasts has increased so drastically in the past that more than 20 metres of land is consumed by the...
Mares

West Antarctica experiences accelerated glacier melting

by Mares - 13th December 2016
Research will lead to better predictions about rising sea levelsThe fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever recorded have been documented by re...
Herbert

World’s largest marine protected area established in Antarctica

by Herbert - 28th October 2016
Just off the southern coast of Antarctica is the Ross Sea, where the largest marine protected area (MPA) will be established.It will cover 1.55 mill...
Mares

Arctic sea ice at its second-lowest ever this September

by Mares - 16th September 2016
In September 2016, the surface of the Arctic sea ice shrank to nearly 4.1 million square kilometres – the second smallest recorded area since sate...
Mares

Enhancing the analysis of climatic changes in the Arctic

by Mares - 16th June 2016
Scientists head northwards with new autonomous instruments On 13 June 2016, a team of scientists set off to Spitsbergen on a mission to use some n...
Mares

This year’s decline of Arctic sea ice may be as bad as the record low of 2012

by Mares - 19th May 2016
At the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), sea ice physicists have predicted that the sea ice cover in t...
Mares

Defining research priorities for the Arctic

by Mares - 29th February 2016
The major international Arctic research organisations, with the involvement of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, have come up with a set of comm...
Mares

How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

by Mares - 12th February 2016
Exceeding critical temperature values can lead to collapse of the ice sheet and strong rise in sea level A future warming of the Southern Ocean due ...
Mares

Researchers measure platelet ice beneath Antarctic sea ice

by Mares - 8th February 2016
For the first time, sea ice physicists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have developed a new method of efficiently measuring the distribution a...
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Melosira Arctica named algae species of 2016

by Mares - 19th January 2016
Researchers have named the Melosira arctica, one of the major algae species in the Arctic Ocean, as Algae of the Year. “None of us can foresee wh...
Mares

Arctic sea ice plays essential role in methane cycle

by Mares - 8th December 2015
Study uncovers link between seasonal melting of sea ice and release of methane gas The ice-covered Arctic Ocean plays a more important role in det...
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Billions of juvenile polar cod under Arctic sea ice

by Mares - 14th October 2015
With a newly developed netting gear, marine scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute managed to catch a large number of juvenile polar cod (Boreogad...
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Arctic Day of Action: An Exhibition By Greenpeace

by Mares - 6th August 2015
Beluga II in Stralsund A small exhibition about the Arctic will be held from 10th to 14th August 2015 on board the Greenpeace ship Beluga II, whic...
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Arctic Oil Drilling Suspended

by Mares - 30th July 2015
Shell's Icebreaker Cancels Plans To Leave Port The Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker Fennica has cancelled its plans to leave the dock, amidst protests...
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Arctic Ocean: Reduced Amount Of Ice

by Mares - 17th July 2015
Commercial Fishing Ban Implemented In The Arctic Over the years, climate change has reduced the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean. To improve the ...
Herbert

Narwhals show alarming reactions to stress

by Herbert - 21st December 2017
Human disturbances cause narwhals to freeze and escape simultaneously New insights into the effects of ocean noise and increased human activity on ...
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Seawater cools upper layers of earth’s crust

by Herbert - 29th November 2017
Seawater penetrates much deeper than expected How deep can seawater penetrate through cracks and fissures into the seafloor? Using a new analysis m...
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EU project Nunataryuk investigates effects of permafrost thaw

by Herbert - 27th November 2017
Fragile Arctic environment threatened by retreating permafrost Permafrost makes up a quarter of the land mass in the Northern Hemisphere. The adven...
David

Where None Have Gone Before!

by David - 8th September 2017
It's not every day that you get to dive a new site which is not only new for you, but new to diving, period, and to do so with the new MARES QUAD comp...
Herbert

Copepods rise and shine to internal genetic clocks

by Herbert - 7th August 2017
The Calanus finmarchicus is a copepod that packs a big punch. Although just two to four millimetres, this zooplankton’s genetic clock influences the...
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Humpback whale calves whisper to keep safe

by Herbert - 27th April 2017
Vocalisations may be used to help mother and calf stay togetherTo avoid detection by killer whales, newborn humpback whales whisper to their mothers....
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Japan kills 333 whales in annual hunt

by Herbert - 1st April 2017
Whales supposedly killed for "research" purposes After four months at sea, the Japanese whaling fleet has returned from its controversial annual h...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 2 – Dive wear

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 31st March 2017
On our expedition to Lake Baikal, the XR Kevlar Dry Suit was indispensable, and ours went through at least 10 dives each. This suit comes with a c...
Herbert

Litter in the sea: New portal offers comprehensive coverage

by Herbert - 29th March 2017
New online portal LITTERBASE compiles all data in one location Where is litter at sea and which species and habitats does it affect? For the first...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Day 6 – Earthquake underwater?

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 19th February 2017
Do you remember? Yesterday’s dive spot was great. So nice that we decided to go to the north tip of Olkohn, Kohboy, again. Olkohn became conne...
Herbert

Sounds of the ocean

by Herbert - 2nd February 2017
Findings on background sounds in Southern Ocean published For nearly three years, using underwater recording devices, scientists have been listening...
Mares

New ocean measuring station at Boknis Eck

by Mares - 1st February 2017
GEOMAR and Helmholtz Center Geesthacht install new sensor node in Baltic Sea Boknis Eck(Boknis Corner) – a name familiar to oceanographers and m...
Franco and Sabrina

Baikal Lake, the blue pearl of Siberia

by Franco and Sabrina - 4th January 2017
Last summer I went to the Baikal Lake in Russia and lead a group of passionate cold-water divers and amateur underwater photographers on ...
Herbert

Clam shells used to compile 1,000 yr record of ocean climate

by Herbert - 19th December 2016
As a postdoctoral researcher at Bangor University in Wales from 2007 to 2009, Alan Wanamaker started the compilation of a 1,000-year-record of the m...
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New underwater observatory to monitor zooplankton

by Herbert - 10th December 2016
Scientists from the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have placed an optical...
Mares

New insights into the changes of the Nordic Seas during interglacials

by Mares - 5th December 2016
The characteristics of the water masses in the Nordic Seas are expected to change due to the Earth's higher temperatures and melting glaciers. To fi...
Herbert

Whales: The killing continues…

by Herbert - 28th November 2016
Japanese whaling ships set off on lethal missionDespite having adopted a new method to control their scientific whaling activities at this year's Int...
Mares

Researchers search for Earth’s oldest ice

by Mares - 21st November 2016
Ice cores show glimpse of composition of atmosphere in the pastIn Antarctic, ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions in ten European countrie...
Mares

Germany proposes protection for Weddell Sea

by Mares - 20th October 2016
The European Union has submitted a request for a marine protected area (MPA) to be established in the Weddell Sea. The scientific basis was provided...
Mares

Life beneath the ice

by Mares - 17th October 2016
Welcome to the world beneath the ice. We're all familiar with the animals that live above the ice at the Arctic and Antarctica, but have you wonde...
Mares

Greenpeace reports on research on microplastics in seafood

by Mares - 6th October 2016
Microplastics can accumulate in the food chain “In the environment, microplastics act like a foreign body with toxins. It contains contaminants ...
Mares

Photo exhibition on ocean acidification opens at GEOMAR

by Mares - 27th September 2016
A new photo exhibition by two nature photographers centres on the organisms on which climate change research is currently focused on. From the Arc...
Herbert

Seafloor of Red Sea formed at least 12 million years ago

by Herbert - 20th September 2016
Discovery overturns present understanding of region’s geological development Geoscientists find the Red Sea fascinating as it represents an ocean i...