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23.09.2016 | Turbulences within the ionosphere may disturb GPS satellite signals

Turbulences within the Ionosphere, the uppermost part of Earth’s atmosphere, may cause signal loss detected for Swarm satellite navigation. This result was published in the scientific journal Space Weather by a team of scientists from the GFZ section Earth’s Magnetic Field. The study is now presented as „spotlight“ at the news platform EOS by the American Geophysical Union AGU. Like this, EOS distinguishes „exciting new research“.


23.09.2016 | Geo.X Career Day 2016

Young scientists can ask themselves the question, what to do after finishing their PhD or following on a Postdoc phase. Staying in science or switching to other career paths? Last Wednesday 90 participants took part in the Geo.X Career Day on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Two career options were presented to them: inside and outside academia.


21.09.2016 | Greenland loses more ice than previously thought

The mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet is bigger than previously estimated. This is the result of a study by international scientists to be published in SCIENCE Advances. The work shows that up to now the so-called glacial isostatic adjustment, i.e., the uplift of the bedrock, was not correctly taken into account when measuring the glaciers’ mass balance with data from GRACE satellite observations. The new calculations by the team yield 272 Giga tons (Gt) of mass loss per year from 2004 to 2015 compared to previously calculated 253 Gt per year. Kevin Fleming from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Ingo Sasgen from the Alfred Wegener Institute were part of the team led by Shfaqat A. Khan from the Technical University of Denmark.


12.09.2016 | Personalia | Professor Parolai is reelected as ESC General Secretary

Last Thursday, Professor Stefano Parolai, Head of GFZ Centre for Early Warning Systems, was reelected as General Secretary of the European Seismological Commission ESC in Trieste, Italy.


12.09.2016 | Swarm Summer School 2016

How do processes within Earth’s interior, in the atmosphere, the oceans, and the near-Earth space give rise to changes in the Earth’s Magnetic and Gravity fields? From 14 to 16 September, the section Earth's Magnetic Field conducts a Summer School at the GFZ within the frame of the satellite mission Swarm, organized in the course of the Priority Programmes "Dynamic Earth“ and „PlanetMag“ of the German Research Foundation DFG.


09.09.2016 | Information on the testing of a nuclear bomb in North Korea

In the early morning hours of this Friday, September 9, a seismic shock was registered worldwide. It originated in North Korea at the site where nuclear weapons are tested. The characteristics of the seismic signals indicate that the source was a nuclear bomb.


08.09.2016 | Underestimated natural hazard – New findings based on the most recent eruption of the Cabo Verdean volcano Fogo

Where a lightning stroke yesterday it won’t strike again today. People often act upon natural disasters based on this fatal logic. They settle within floodplains or on hillslopes, even if the potential of a future flooding or landslide remains high. A new study as published in the open access journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences shows that this assumption can also have fatal consequences at active volcanoes. It investigates the lava flow hazard before and after the most recent eruption of Fogo Volcano, Cabo Verde. GFZs PhD student Nicole Richter is the lead author of the study.

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