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10.12.2012 | The water flow of the Amazon River in a natural climate archive

Oxygen isotopes in tree rings are an excellent archive of precipitation dynamics in the tropical Amazon region. The precise determination of the ratios of stable oxygen isotopes (18O/16O) proves to be a new parameter for detecting the dynamics of the water cycle in tropical rain forest areas. It can therefore replace the classic climate observables such as tree ring width or wood density, which are unsuitable for high-quality reconstructions of climate conditions in tropical areas. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Universities of Leeds (United Kingdom) and Utrecht (Netherlands), and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, Peru), published in the new online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


09.12.2012 | Canadian-German Science Forum

In the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Peter M. Boehm, this year’s rotating meeting of the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative (HAI) will open on Monday 10, September 2012.

HAI is a scientific collaboration between the Helmholtz Association in Germany and the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Approximately 120 scientists, industry representatives and government officials will be in attendance at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, 70 of which come from Canada. At this meeting in Potsdam young scientists from both countries will present the results of their research on the topic of Energy and Environment. 


17.09.2015 | 25 years ago: Drilling Begins at KTB

With a celebration at the GeoCentre in Windischeschenbach the Continental Deep Drilling Program of the Federal Republic of Germany (KTB) was started 25 years ago, in September 1987. The drilling operation for the 4003-meter-deep pilot hole was the visible start for the largest-ever single geoscience project in Germany.


07.09.2012 | The Earthquake Risk of a Megacity

Today the drilling starts for a seismic monitoring network on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul. Specially designed seismic sensors in eight boreholes on the outskirts of Istanbul and around the eastern Marmara Sea will monitor the seismic activity of the region with high precision. In each of the respective 300 meter deep holes several borehole seismometers will be permanently installed at various depths. These detect even barely perceptible earthquakes with very small magnitudes at a high resolution and can thus provide information about the earthquake rupture processes associated with these.


27.08.2012 | One third less life on planet Earth

Previous estimates about the total mass of all life on our planet have to be reduced by about one third. This is the result of a study by a German-US science team published in the current online issue of „Proceedings of the National Academy of Science“ (PNAS).


20.08.2012 | HALO: Höher, weiter, schneller, genauer (only available in German)

Am 20. August übergab Bundesforschungsministerin Dr. Annette Schavan ein weltweit einzigartiges Forschungsflugzeug an die Wissenschaft. Die feierliche Übergabe von HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) an die Wissenschaft fand im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) am Standort Oberpfaffenhofen statt. Neben ihrer Instrumentierung als Umwelt- und Atmosphärenforschungsflugzeug wird die Maschine auch als geophysikalisch-geodätisches Flugobservatorium eingesetzt.


17.08.2012 | Research Network across the Atlantic

The German-Canadian alliance in marine research is being expanded. In the presence of the German federal chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel the Canadian Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) and the HelmholtzAssociation with its research centresGFZ (Potsdam), GEOMAR (Kiel) and AWI (Bremerhaven) signed a memorandum of understanding for an perennial intensive cooperation in marine and environmental research. The ceremony took place on August 16in Halifax, Canada.As a vice president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Professor Reinhard Hüttl, Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, signed the document. Besides Dr. Angela Merkel, the Canadian Minister for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, and the Prime Minister of the Province of Nova Scotia, Darrell Dexter, took part in the ceremony.

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