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03.11.2016 | First satellite of the satellite mission GRACE Follow-on finalized

In cooperation with the US space agency NASA, the GFZ runs the GRACE Follow-on (GRACE-FO) program. The objective of the corresponding satellite mission is to investigate the Earth’s gravity field. The launch of the mission is planned for the end of 2017. Now Airbus Defence and Space, the second largest aerospace company in the world, finalized the first of two satellites of the tandem-mission, built under subcontract of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL. The second satellite will follow in about four weeks.


28.10.2016 | Personalia | Extraordinary professorship for Arno Zang

Arno Zang, GFZ section Seismic Hazard and Stress Field, is honored with an extraordinary professorship of “Geophysics and Rock Mechanics”. On 10 October the University of Potsdam awarded him with the title.


25.10.2016 | Connecting publications with their authors – ORCID Outreach Workshop

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID, in short ORCID, is an ID that helps to connect authors with their publications. Today, ORCID DE and ORCID EU jointly organize the ORCID Outreach Workshop at the GFZ. The Workshop addresses representatives of scientific institutions and their information infrastructure institutions, and discusses the ORCID status quo in Germany.


21.10.2016 | Geomagnetic index becomes part of ESA data service

The geomagnetic field of the Earth serves as a natural protection against the solar wind. Changes in the intensity of the solar wind can cause disturbances in the geomagnetic field. With the Kp index the GFZ section Earth's Magnetic Field provides a measure of the intensity of the disturbances. “Kp” stands for planetary index (in German: “planetare Kennziffer”). Since yesterday, this index is part of the Space Situational Awareness Program of the European Space Agency, ESA.


20.10.2016 | 20 year anniversary: International Continental Scientific Drilling Program ICDP

The climate and ecosystems of the past and a better understanding of natural hazards and geo-resources via the investigation of processes of the deep crust – these are the major topics of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program, ICDP. Twenty years ago the ICDP was founded on the initiative of the GFZ on Telegrafenberg and ever since explores the continents. Also on Telegrafenberg it now celebrates its 20th birthday, from 20 to 21 October, with a workshop meeting. Hundred invited scientists, representatives of funding organizations and the media discuss the future direction of the ICDP, options of project funding, and the visibility of the ICDP within and outside of the scientific community.


18.10.2016 | Personalia | Ernst Huenges and Thomas Reinsch on the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Japan

Ernst Huenges and Thomas Reinsch, GFZ section Geothermal Energy Systems, took part in the 3rd "Innovation for Cool Earth Forum" in Tokyo, Japan, invited by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The meeting was held in the frame of the G7 Working Group for International Joint Research and Development.


17.10.2016 | German-Russian cooperation on sustainable development research - Kick-off Meeting in Sotschi

Sochi: Since last Sunday, twenty PhDs and engineering and natural science students meet for a summer school entitled “Innovative methods in environmental- and sustainability research and their application” in Sochi, Russia. The Summer School, jointly organized by GFZ International Office and the Russian Vernadsky Foundation, lays the foundations for future research cooperations between the Helmholtz Association and the Vernadsky Foundation in the field of research on sustainable development.

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