Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

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The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWi) in the Helmholtz Association of German research centres conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and the oceans and coasts of high and temperate latitudes. With its broad expertise and innovative approaches in bio-, geo- and climate sciences, excellent research facilities, a strong international network of partners and over 30 years of expertise, the AWI is amongst the worlds few scientific institutions that conduct comprehensive research on the icy atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic realms at both poles.

It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides the necessary infrastructure, including permanent and seasonally staffed research stations (such as neumayer Station iii in Antarctica, the German-french research base AWiPEV on Svalbard and the German-russian Samoylov station in the Lena Delta, Siberia), research vessels (such as the internationally renown Polarstern), research aircraft, scientific observatories and measurement systems. the Polar regions and the oceans are key areas for understanding of global climate and environmental change.

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as other areas in the World, with profound consequences on sea level, extent and thickness of sea ice, the Greenlandic ice shelf and permafrost, and the access to new and as yet unexplored areas and resources. this provides challenges for the Arctic ecosystems and biodiversity on land and at sea, as well as for the sustainable development and future of indigenous people. The research carried out at the AWi observes, measures and quantifies the natural factors, processes and relationships in the past and present of the Arctic and analyses the interactions with other parts of the World. This forms the basis for sound prognosis of future changes in the Arctic to support the development of appropriate strategies and policy decisions to be taken at the local, national, regional and global level.

Alfred Wegener Institute

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