Alfred Wegener Institute News

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), is a German research organization primarily focused on polar and marine research in the Arctic, Antarctic, and oceanic regions. Named after Alfred Wegener, the geophysicist and meteorologist who developed the theory of continental drift, the institute was established in 1980. It aims to understand the role of the polar seas and regions in the Earth’s climate system. AWI conducts comprehensive studies on the atmosphere, ice sheets, ocean currents, and ecosystems to assess changes in the environment and their implications for the planet. Researchers at AWI also focus on biological diversity, geological processes, and the impact of climate change on polar regions. The institute operates research stations, ships, aircraft, and employs state-of-the-art equipment, making significant contributions to global climate research and providing critical data for international environmental policy.