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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. 


26.04.2017 | Personalia | New Head for GFZ section Organic Geochemistry

On the first of April Kai Mangelsdorf became provisional Head of the GFZ section Organic Geochemistry. He succeeds Brian Horsfield who was Head of section since 2001. Brian Horsfield was given a ceremonial farewell colloquium on last Friday.


25.04.2017 | Personalia | Climate science in the bathing lake – Theresa Grunwald takes part in the FameLab finals

Theresa Grunwald, PhD student in the GFZ section Geomorphology, won the preliminary round of FameLab Berlin/Brandenburg that was taking place on Telegrafenberg in Potsdam at the beginning of April. The audience was impressed by her talk on "How to decipher a lake's memory". This Thursday Theresa Grunwald will take part in the national final of FameLab in Bielefeld.


24.04.2017 | Forecasting magma movement through the crust

Assessing the hazard of volcanic eruptions requires knowledge on where exactly eruptive fissure will be located. Scientists from the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, France, and the GFZ have developed a method to forecast how fast a volcanic dike propagates through the crust and in which direction it will grow. Their study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, was now distinguished as a “research spotlight” by the news platform EOS of the American Geophysical Union AGU. Like this, EOS honors “the best accepted articles” that were published in an AGU journal.


24.04.2017 | Personalia | Plinius Medal for Bruno Merz

24.04.2017: On this year’s annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union EGU, 24 to 29 April in Vienna, Bruno Merz, Head of the GFZ section Hydrology, is awarded with the Plinius Medal. Further GFZ awardees are XingXing Li, Dirk Scherler, Stefanie Tofelde, and Florian Ott.


19.04.2017 | Report | ”Funny Signals” - Kristine Larson uses GPS data for detecting soil moisture and measuring volcanic ash plumes

By the help of GPS signals cars, airplanes and farm tractors find their way. By now the technique has reached our everyday life. But it is also useful for detecting soil moisture or vegetation from space and for measuring volcanic ash plume density to improve flight safety, hopefully. One of the pioneers of such new applications is Kristine Larson. Since 2016 she is Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee and now works as a visiting scientist at the GFZ in section Space Geodetic Techniques.


18.04.2017 | Diamonds log their travel to the depth

Microscopic inclusions have tremendous internal pressure – and witnessed an eventful past | Recently, a team from the Hebrew University Jerusalem and from the GFZ studied nanometer-sized inclusions in diamonds. Like a logbook, they record the travel of the diamonds to the base of the transition zone above the lower Earth´s mantle over millions of years. Now, this story is told by the team around the first author Oded Navon, Hebrew University Jerusalem, in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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