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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


06.03.2017 | Report | Hill Slopes on the Move – Natural Hazards in Central Asia

Central-Asia belongs to the regions of the world where the risk of geohazards is particularly high: Earthquakes, landslides or flooding events, e.g. due to glacial lake outbursts, occur here more often than in other places in the world. How these natural hazards are investigated and how the resulting knowledge can then be used to better protect the population has been the topic of discussions between researchers from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and the Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG over the last days in Potsdam.


01.03.2017 | Personalia | Humboldt Research Fellow Kusiak is for a research stay at the GFZ

Monika Kusiak comes as a Humboldt Research Fellow to the GFZ, section Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, for eleven months, starting on 1 March. She is an Associate Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. At the GFZ she will be working on improving age determination of rocks via the mineral zircon, in the team of Richard Wirth.

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