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Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Hikers between the Arctic Ocean and the South Polar Sea - the researching icebreaker Polarstern. Researchers from the University of Bremen and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology regularly participate in expeditions from the Alfred Wegener Institute.

As an internationally recognized and broadly networked competence center for polar and marine research, AWI is one of the few scientific institutions in the world that are equally active in Arctic and Antarctic. It coordinates the German polar research, provides stations and ships such as the research icebreaker for international science and conducts important long-term research in the polar regions. Its scientists also research the North Sea and its German coastal regions.

With innovative research methods, an excellent scientific infrastructure and many years of experience, the Alfred Wegener Institute's biology, geology and climate scientists are investigating virtually all areas of the Earth system - from the atmosphere to the bottom of the sea. Understanding the climate impact of the earth is increasingly the focus of scientific work.

In addition, the institute sees itself as its task to advise political and social decision-makers in climate and polar relevant issues.


Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Tel.: +49 471 4831-0