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17.05.2017 | From where will the next big earthquake hit the city of Istanbul?

The city of Istanbul is focus of great concern for earthquake researchers. This 15-million metropole is situated very close to the so-called North Anatolian Fault Zone which runs just outside of the city gates below the Marmara Sea. Here in the underground there is a constant build-up of energy which results from an interlocking of the tectonic plates causing plate movement to come to a halt until a great tremor releases this energy. Scientists, therefore, reckon with an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or greater in this region in the coming years.


16.05.2017 | Halbzeit für die Ausstellung „Fokus: Erde. Von der Vermessung unserer Welt“

Die Geoforschung hat in Potsdam eine lange Tradition. Insbesondere für die Erdvermessung spielte und spielt die Stadt eine maßgebliche Rolle. Hier lag das Zentrum der preußischen Landvermessung, hier wurden abenteuerliche Forschungsreisen wie die erste deutsche Antarktisexpedition vorbereitet, hier wurde die Schwerkraft mit atemberaubender Präzision bestimmt, hier wurde das Zeitsignal der DDR erzeugt – und hier werden heute Daten der satellitengestützten Schwerfeldmessung zusammengetragen, um weltweit Veränderungen aufzuspüren, die etwa auf Gletscherschwund oder Grundwasserverlust verweisen. All diese Geschichten erzählt die Ausstellung „Fokus: Erde. Von der Vermessung unserer Welt“ im Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam.


15.05.2017 | Natural resource exploration using freely accessible satellite data

Up to now, the search for mineral resources has been a complex and therefore cost-intensive undertaking with great entrepreneurial risk. A new, satellite-based procedure called ReSens+ (Resource Sensing) can contribute significantly to increasing the efficiency and quality of searching and prospecting for these resources. It was developed at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and will be presented at the international mining trade fair EXPONOR on May 15 to 19 in Chile and at the DMT mining forum on June 1 and 2 in Berlin. ReSens+ is the result of research included in the EnMAP satellite mission (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) and is available as a service immediately.


02.05.2017 | Berliner Energietage: Schwerpunkt Wärmewende und Geothermie

Presseinformation | Vom 3. bis 5. Mai finden die Berliner Energietage 2017 statt, die sich dem Stand und den künftigen Herausforderungen der Energiewende widmen. Die Leitveranstaltung zu diesem Thema in Deutschland findet statt im Ludwig-Erhard-Haus (Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin) und bietet zahlreiche Fachveranstaltungen. Dazu gehört die Session „Der Mensch gestaltet die Zukunft – Energiewende als Baustein für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung“, die das Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) im Rahmen des vom BMBF finanzierten Forschungsvorhabens Zwanzig20 – Forum Wärmewende veranstaltet.


26.04.2017 | Drilling in the Siberian permafrost successfully completed

27.04.2017: The permafrost landscapes in the northern hemisphere are regarded as key regions for global change and are, thus, of particular interest for research. As a result of global warming, large areas are gradually thawing and hereby large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are released into the atmosphere. However, to date only rough estimates are available on how much greenhouse gas actually escapes. 


31.03.2017 | Climate seesaw at the end of the last glacial phase – A warmer Europe cools down East Asia

The climate of the Earth follows a complex interplay of cause-and-effect chains. A change in precipitation at one location may be caused by changes on the other side of the planet. A better understanding of these “teleconnections” – the linkages between remote places – may help to better understand local impacts of future climate change. A look into the climate of the past helps to investigate the teleconnections. An international team of Japanese, British, Australian, and German scientists, with the participation of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, now investigated Japanese lake sediments to decipher the interplay between local climate changes on the northern hemisphere about 12.000 years ago. Their results, now published as Nature Scientific Report, show that a regional warming in Europe caused a cooling and an increase in snowfall in East Asia.


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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