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25.06.2013 | Inaugural winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering receive award from Her Majesty the Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace

The five engineers who were instrumental in the creation of the Internet and the World Wide Web, today received their award for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to members of the royal family, three leaders of the UK’s main political parties and the judges of the prize were in the audience. As a member of the jury, the Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ Prof. Dr. Reinhard Huettl also took part in the ceremony. Photo: Associated Press 

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| GFZ, UFZ und BGR veröffentlichen Standpunkte zum Fracking (only available in German)

Die Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), das Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam–Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ und das Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) haben jetzt mit der sogenannten „Hannover-Erklärung“ (Anlage) ihre gemeinsamen Standpunkte zum Thema „Umweltverträgliches Fracking“ veröffentlicht.

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19.06.2013 | GFZ participation in the development of the new research centre Skolkovo near Moscow

Next to the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, the research centre Skolkovo is Russia's currently largest development project (the "Russian Silicon Valley"), which has been driven with highest priority by the Russian government since its announcement in 2009. The aim is to build various subcentres for research, education and innovation for today's key technologies. A major new innovation city that will consist of a university and a technology park is to be built not far from Moscow.

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19.06.2013 | Dr. Jens Wickert to lead international expert group on a new climate experiment aboard the International Space Station

On 11 June 2013, the GFZ scientist Dr. Jens Wickert (Section 1.1, GPS / Galileo Earth Observation) was elected at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, near Amsterdam, to head an international group of scientists that will control the first steps of a new experiment for climate research aboard the International Space Station. The responsible position of the so-called Science Advisory Group (SAG) is carried out in close cooperation with ESA and is to ensure that the scientific goals of the new mission GEROS-ISS will actually be achieved.

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18.06.2013 | Seismic gap outside of Istanbul

Seismic gap outside of Istanbul
18.06.2013|Potsdam: Earthquake researchers have now identified a 30 kilometers long and ten kilometers deep area along the North Anatolian fault zone just south of Istanbul that could be the starting point for a strong earthquake. The group of seismologists including Professor Marco Bohnhoff of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences reported in the current online issue of the scientific journal Nature (Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2999) that this potential earthquake source is only 15 to 20 kilometers from the historic city center of Istanbul.

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18.06.2013 | Die Hochwasserereignisse an Elbe und Donau im Juni 2013: Vergleichbare Intensität - unterschiedliche Auswirkungen (only available in German)

Die Hochwasserereignisse an Elbe und Donau im Juni 2013: Vergleichbare Intensität - unterschiedliche Auswirkungen (only available in German)
18.06.2013|Potsdam: Das Rekordhochwasser im Süden und Osten Deutschlands – nach Ausdehnung und Intensität das größte seit mindestens sechzig Jahren – hat die Einzugsgebiete von Donau und Elbe mit vergleichbar hoher Intensität getroffen. Analysen des Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) lassen aber erwarten, dass die Hochwasserfolgen dennoch in beiden Regionen sehr unterschiedlich ausfallen werden.

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17.06.2013 | Measuring Climate with Laser Precision

Measuring Climate with Laser Precision
17.06.2013|Potsdam: Variations in the gravitational field of the Earth can be measured much more accurately in future. A novel laser distance measurement on the GRACE follow-on satellite mission due for launch in 2017 allows an unprecedented level of accuracy in the detection of climate-induced mass changes on our planet. The funds for the German participation in the German-American satellite mission GRACE Follow-On have now been approved.

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