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08.02.2017 | Personalia | Professorship for Harald Schuh at the University of Teheran

For many years successful cooperation exists between the GFZ and partners from Iran. Numerous PhD students and postdocs from Iran have been working at the GFZ. During a GFZ delegation visit at the University of Teheran in June 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two parties, seeking for a further intensification of collaborations. Now, the University of Teheran awarded Harald Schuh with the title of an adjunct professor.


08.02.2017 | Eine nachhaltige und stabile Energieversorgung braucht Speicher

Der Umbau des Energiesystems hin zu einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung hat in den vergangenen Jahren erhebliche Fortschritte gemacht, vor allem im Strommarkt. Dort liegt der Anteil erneuerbarer Energien bei über 30 Prozent. Allerdings hängt die Leistungsfähigkeit der Windkraft- und Solaranlagen entscheidend vom Wetter ab. Dementsprechend sinkt der Anteil der Erneuerbaren an der Stromproduktion an bestimmten Tagen deutlich ab. „Mit dem weiteren Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien ist es unerlässlich, sowohl Netze als auch Speicherkapazitäten zu entwickeln und auszubauen, um eine sichere Versorgung zu gewährleisten“, sagte Prof. Reinhard Hüttl, Wissenschaftlicher Vorstand des Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrums GFZ, anlässlich eines Pressegesprächs im Vorfeld des 2. Brandenburger Energiespeichertags, der am 15. Februar am GFZ stattfindet.


07.02.2017 | Personalia | Tilo Schöne is in the Edititorial board of the UNESCO Manual on Sea Level

Tilo Schöne, GFZ section Global Geomonitoring and Gracity Field, is part of the editing team of the “Manual on Sea Level – Measurement and Interpretation“ of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC of the UNESCO. The manual is volume five in a series and deals with radar tide gauges for sea-level monitoring.


02.02.2017 | Land subsidence caused by unrestrained groundwater exploitation is a risk for pistachio production in Iran

The Kerman Province of Iran is one of the main producers of pistachios in the world. In the Rafsanjan plain more than ninety percent of the agricultural land is used for production of this stone fruit. Groundwater is the main source of water supply for irrigation and industrial activities of the region. Since the plain is climatically extremely dry, and groundwater extraction exceeds recharge, the groundwater reservoir is draining. Erosion and subsidence of soil are the consequences.


31.01.2017 | Ancient continent revealed beneath the tropical island Mauritius

It all began in 2012 with grains of sand collected from a beach on Mauritius. Some of the tiny grains of lava contained even tinier crystals of zircon, a mineral pointing to a much, much longer history for the island than previously thought. Laboratory analyses showed that the young volcanic rocks of Mauritius indeed bury remnants of a much older domain which was seemingly connected to India and Madagascar some 90 million years ago. In 2013, a research team led by the Norwegian Trond H. Torsvik proposed the name “Mauritia” for the sunken continent.


31.01.2017 | Tracking changes of Earth’s gravity field – satellite mission GRACE Follow-On will be launched with SpaceX

Since 2002 the satellite mission GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) is in orbit to measure the Earth’s gravity field. Unfortunately, around summer this year the two satellites will run out of fuel, but a successor is already in preparation. The twin GRACE-FO (Follow On) satellites, which will operate in tandem as well, will be launched on a Falcon 9 of SpaceX as a rideshare with satellites of Iridium Communications Inc. The rideshare is anticipated to launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California by early 2018 as stated in a joint announcement of Iridium, NASA and the GFZ.


27.01.2017 | Interview | Humboldt Awardee Torsvik “passionate about understanding movements of continents“

In June 2016 the Humboldt Awardee Trond Torsvik came to the GFZ where he is working together with the team of Bernhard Steinberger of the GFZ section Geodynamic Modelling. Torsvik is one of the internationally leading scientists in the field of plate tectonic reconstructions. In 2013 he founded the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Until July he will stay at the GFZ where he tries to improve methods and models in his field of research, together with the GFZ scientists.

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