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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...

Changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration can cause temperature fluctuations

by Mares - 22nd June 2017
Scientists use climate models to investigate fluctuations During the last Ice Age, the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide on the North Atlanti...

Energy exchange between ocean and atmosphere influences Gulf Stream

by Mares - 6th August 2016
New finding will lead to better climate simulations Consider the Gulf Stream as Northern Europe’s hot-water heating system. As like the Kuroshio...

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 ...

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...

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...


by Herbert - 30th April 2017
World record attempt for our reefs and oceansNothing in the universe is as versatile and beautiful, complex and sensitive as the oceans. Oceans are ...

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...

Scientists gather new data on effects of El Niño

by Mares - 18th July 2016
Findings indicate changes in equatorial undercurrent. October 2015 saw one of the strongest measured El Niño occurrences in the eastern Pacific. ...

Proportion of unicellular plankton much higher than previously thought

by Mares - 29th April 2016
Unicellular planktonic organisms play a more important role in the marine ecosystem than previously thought. This was the conclusion drawn by marine...

International shipping routes and invasive species: What’s next?

by Mares - 26th April 2016
Scientists from Oldenburg and Frankfurt have modelled how the global shipping routes leads to the spread of invasive plant and animal species. Accor...

Coral reefs can condition themselves against coral bleaching

by Mares - 19th April 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing coral bleaching on an unprecedented scale, and scientists have voiced much concern about this. Howe...

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...

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...

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...