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30.09.2016 | Personalia | New Head for GFZ section Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry

Professor Sarah Gleeson is new Head of GFZ Section Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry, starting on 1 October. She succeeds Professor Jörg Erzinger who retires after a successful career at the GFZ. At the same time Sarah Gleeson takes up a joint appointment professorship position with the Free University of Berlin in “Mineral Resources”.


30.09.2016 | Personalia | Change of president at acatech – Professor Spath will succeed Professor Hüttl

After two terms in office, Professor Reinhard F. J. Hüttl, Chairman of the Board and Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ, will hand over his office as President of acatech, the German Academy of Engineering and Technology, as of February 8, 2017 to Professor Dieter Spath. Spath is one of the founding members of acatech and, as Vice President, has contributed considerably to the structural development of the academy. Reinhard Hüttl was elected President in 2008 and held office for two election periods. acatech’s statutes stipulate only one re-election as President.


28.09.2016 | Personalia | Professor Horsfield elected to the AAPG House of Delegates

Professor Brian Horsfield, Head of the GFZ section Organic Geochemistry, has been elected to the House of Delegates of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG. He will hold this office from 2017 to 2019 as a representative for the Europe region.


28.09.2016 | A perfect sun-storm

A geomagnetic storm on January 17, 2013, provided unique observations that finally resolved a long-standing scientific problem. For decades, scientists had asked how particles hitting the Earth's magnetosphere were lost. A likely mechanism involved certain electromagnetic waves scattering particles into the Earth's atmosphere. More recently, another mechanism was proposed that caused particles to be lost in interplanetary space. Yuri Shprits from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and the University of Potsdam, together with colleagues from several institutions, recently found that both mechanisms play a role affecting particles at different speeds. “This study resolves some fundamental scientific questions about our space environment and may also help understand fundamental processes that occur elsewhere in space, on the Sun, in outer planets, distant galaxies, and exoplanets,” says Yuri Shprits. He adds: “This study will also help us predict and now-cast the space environment and protect valuable satellites in space.” The study is to appear in Nature Communications this Wednesday, September 28.


28.09.2016 | Personalia | Paul-Ramdohr Prize for Martin Kutzschbach

The PhD student Martin Kutzschbach, GFZ section Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, was awarded with the Paul-Ramdohr Prize of the German Mineralogical Society, DMG, at the European Mineralogical Conference, EMC 2016 in Rimini, Italy. Like this, the DMG distinguishes „outstanding contributions“ of young scientists.


26.09.2016 | Are landslides an important climate factor?

"These ideas have the potential to transform how we understand weathering processes": This is the explanation of the editors of the science journal Earth Surface Dynamics for electing an article, published by a team around the PhD student Robert Emberson, GFZ section Geomorphology, as a „highlight paper“.


26.09.2016 | Digital mapping and monitoring of soils - EUFAR Soil Spectroscopy Workshop 2016

26.09.2016: How can emerging remote sensing technologies support the digital mapping and monitoring of soils? To find answers on this question, the Remote Sensing, and the Tel-Aviv University, Israel, conduct a workshop on the "Implementation of Soil Spectroscopy for digital mapping and monitoring of soils: Towards space applications and Technology Transfer Office activities". The workshop, from 28 to 29 September at the GFZ, is organized within the frame of the European Facility for Airborne Research, EUFAR, Expert Working Group on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

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