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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 ...
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 ...
Herbert

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...
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

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

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...
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...
Mares

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...
Mares

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

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...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

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

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) play...
Herbert

Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discovery

Water temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freez...
Herbert

Growing problem of litter in the Arctic depths

by Herbert - 16th February 2017
Sea ice may be responsible for transporting plastic waste

The Arctic has a garbage problem. In just a decade, the amount of litter at an Arcti...
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 levels

The fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever recorded have been document...
Mares

Researchers search for Earth’s oldest ice

by Mares - 21st November 2016
Ice cores show glimpse of composition of atmosphere in the past

In Antarctic, ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions in ten European ...
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 y...
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

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

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 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...
Mares

Plankton Found To Be Factor In Cloud Formation

by Mares - 27th July 2015
In a recent study, scientists have shown that plankton promoted cloud formation over the oceans. Using satellite measurements and computer models, ...
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 ...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

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

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 choi...
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 connec...
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 l...
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...
Herbert

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.
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Herbert

Whales: The killing continues…

by Herbert - 28th November 2016
Japanese whaling ships set off on lethal mission

Despite having adopted a new method to control their scientific whaling activities at this ye...
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

White orca returns after absence of several years

by Mares - 7th September 2016
"Iceberg" the white orca has resurfaced in the Russian Far East. First sighted in early 2012, he captured worldwide media interest as white cetacean...
Mares

Underwater robot begins one-year mission

by Mares - 28th July 2016
Autonomous deep-sea robot at work Deep on the Arctic seabed, an autonomous deep-sea robot has been hard at work, having recently started its one-y...
Herbert

European Parliament urges Japan to stop whaling

by Herbert - 19th July 2016
Calls made for whaling issue to be part of EU-Japan free trade agreement negotiations Once again, Japan’s whaling activities is in focus. Conserv...
Mares

An interview with Katarina Linczenyiova, freediver

by Mares - 10th June 2016
A rising star Katarina Linczenyiova is a rising star in the world of freediving, although she is relatively unknown in Western Europe. We met this...
Mares

Book launch at Maritime Museum shines light on first German deep-sea expedition

by Mares - 7th March 2016
Zoologist Carl Chun from Leipzig was fascinated by the possibilities within the deep sea. In a speech to the German Association of Natural Scientist...
Mares

Researchers measure decomposition in polyethylene and biodegradable bags

by Mares - 15th February 2016
Plastic waste is now found in practically every part of the world, from the Antarctic coasts to the ocean depths. Faced with this dire fact of moder...
Herbert

Diving in Greenland

by Herbert - 11th September 2015
Welcome to an amazing Arctic adventure Seeing an iceberg up close is an intense experience, with its majesty and beauty right before you. Yet, whe...
Mares

Cruise Ships Boycott Faroe Islands To Protest Annual Slaughter Of Pilot Whales

by Mares - 14th August 2015
Both AIDA Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have suspended their trips to the Faroe Islands in response to the new law which stipulate that all whale ...