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22.12.2015 | [German only!] Interview | Geochemische Massentransporte. Das Trainingsnetzwerk IsoNose forscht auf neuen Pfaden

[German only!] Prof. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg leitet am GFZ die Sektion Geochemie der Erdoberfläche und ist Koordinator des EU-geförderten Initial Training Networks IsoNose. Im Interview berichtet er über dieses Netzwerk, das einen zukunftsorientierten Ausbildungsansatz mit modernsten Methoden in der Geowissenschaft kombiniert.


22.12.2015 | A Christmas Child off the Coast of South America

22.12.2015: This year's El Niño phenomenon is extraordinarily strong. Not every Christmas Child receives a warm welcome: the fishermen of Peru have to fight with the climate phenomenon El Niño, where warm surface water of the Pacific displaces the cold and nutrient rich upwelling water off the Peruvian coast and with this the fish.


18.12.2015 | Kick-off Meeting for the EU project IMPREX

18.12.2015: From 30 November to 3 December the Kick-off Meeting for the EU project IMPREX took place in De Bilt, Netherlands. IMPREX „IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes“ aims to improve society’s ability to anticipate and respond to future hydrological extreme events in Europe.


16.12.2015 | Catastrophic medieval earthquakes in Nepal

16.12.2015: Catastrophic medieval earthquakes in Nepal. Pokhara, the second largest town of Nepal, has been built on massive debris deposits, which are associated with strong medieval earthquakes. Three medieval earthquakes, in 1100, 1255, and 1344, with magnitudes of around Mw 8 triggered large-scale collapses, mass wasting and initiated the redistribution of material by catastrophic debris flows on the mountain range. An international team of scientists led by the University of Potsdam has discovered that these flows of gravel, rocks, and sand have poured over a distance of more than 60 kilometers from the high mountain peaks of the Annapurna massif downstream.


11.12.2015 | An isotope falling from the sky. New method for quantifying sediment load in rivers

11.12.2015: With a new geochemical method the quantification of sediment load in rivers is easier than before. An international team of researchers under the lead of Hella Wittmann-Oelze, GFZ section Earth Surface Geochemistry, introduces this methodology in the Journal of Geophysical Research taking the example of the Amazon River.


10.12.2015 | Personalia | Professorship for Joachim Wächter

10.12.2015: Prof. Joachim Wächter, Head of Centre for GeoInformationTechnology CeGIT at GFZ, is appointed an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Computer Science of the University of Potsdam. Yesterday evening he received the certificate of the University in a formal ceremony.


07.12.2015 | Research on “skyglow” with a new web application

07.12.2015: Dr. Christopher Kyba, GFZ section Remote Sensing, studies light pollution (skyglow) – an environmental pollution that is to date largely unexplored. It describes the phenomenon that the night is getting brighter by artificial light. Citizen science and a new web application shall help to better understand this phenomenon.

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