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22.03.2017 | Exhibition "Focus: Earth - Measuring our World"

An exhibition of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences opens today in the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, Potsdam. Duration: 24 March to 9 July 2017

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20.03.2017 | Report | How to make buildings more resilient to seismic shocks

Depending on the magnitude earthquakes can cause severe damage to buildings leading even to total collapse. This leads to the loss of thousands of lives every year. In order to reduce this risk scientists are working on building regulations that shall contribute to rendering houses and buildings more resilient to seismic shocks. On March 16th and 17th, experts from all over Europe got together in Potsdam to discuss how the current building regulations can be adapted to the current state of research and, consequently, be update and improved.

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17.03.2017 | Naturgefahren im Fokus: Internationale Fachkonferenz der Geophysik in Potsdam

Erdbeben, Erdbeobachtung und neue Messmethoden: Universität und Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum erwarten in Potsdam mehr als 600 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer zur 77. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft. Jedes Jahr ereignen sich zahlreiche Erdbeben, die teils schwere Folge haben. Sie zählen zu den Naturereignissen, die den größten volkswirtschaftlichen Schaden anrichten, vom persönlichen Leid der Betroffenen zu schweigen. Umso wichtiger ist es, Erdbeben zu erforschen, um die Vorgänge in der Erdkruste besser zu verstehen und letztlich Schutzmaßnahmen zu verbessern.

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16.03.2017 | Geophysikalische Messkampagne in der Schorfheide vor dem Abschluss

Eine groß angelegte seismische Messkampagne, die das Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam – Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ in der brandenburgischen Schorfheide durchführt, steht kurz vor dem Abschluss. Eine erste Datenauswertung zeigt, dass die knapp vierwöchigen Messungen ein Erfolg für die geothermische Forschung im Norddeutschen Becken waren.

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14.03.2017 | Happy 15th Birthday, GRACE

"Revolutionary" is a word you hear often when people talk about the GRACE mission. Since the twin satellites of the NASA/German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) launched on March 17, 2002, their data have transformed scientists' view of how water moves and is stored around the planet. “GRACE enabled tracking the movement of water via its mass, a field which was not available in spaceborne remote sensing and which opened new options to monitor and quantify climate change,” said Reinhard Hüttl, the Chairman of the Board and Scientific Executive Director of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

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14.03.2017 | A major man-made environmental disaster 1,800 years ago

Water withdrawal for irrigation led to low levels or even desiccation for lake Lop Nur in western China. It was probably the cause for the decline of Loulan Kingdom.

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08.03.2017 | Interview | Ute Weckmann "Overcome unconscious biases"

Today’s International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to ask Ute Weckmann, GFZ’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner, about the situation of women in the geosciences in general and specifically at our centre. Ute Weckmann, GFZ section Near-Surface Geophysics, is a scientist and group leader herself.

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