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10.03.2011 | Wärme aus der Tiefe: GASAG startet Berliner Geothermie-Projekt (only available in German)

Die GASAG Berliner Gaswerke AG prüft, ob und inwieweit sich Erdwärme aus dem Untergrund Berlins zum Heizen von Gebäuden nutzen lässt. Experten vermuten einige Kilometer unter der Erdoberfläche ein natürliches Heißwasserreservoir, mit dem Berlin mit noch umweltfreundlicherer Wärme versorgt werden könnte. 


02.03.2011 | Final stage of the Excellence Initiative opened

In severe competition with a total of 227 submitted pre-proposals for new projects within the framework of the DFG Excellence Initiative, the Berlin/Potsdam Earth Sciences community has qualified for the final round of this year’s grant applications with a project  proposal for a new Graduate School. This result was announced at today’s press conference of the German Research Foundation DFG and the German Council of Science and Humanities in Bonn. The Graduate School application centers around sustainable land use and the consequences of global change. The decision is also most relevant to the geoscientific coordination platform Geo.X. “With respect to the Potsdam-Berlin area, there is no comparable density of earth sciences across Europe”, says Professor Dr. Reinhard Hüttl, Speaker of Geo.X and Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. “For scientists, the Excellence Initiative opens the possibility to make use of the geoscientific potential within the region. The challenges of global change for human society require new ways of thinking and new solutions that can be realized only via large-scale cooperation.


20.01.2011 | Meeting of experts on geological storage of CO2

Today, on the 20th January, begins a two-day seminar on the project status of CO2MAN (CO2 reservoir management) at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The project involves the monitoring of long-term geological storage of the greenhouse gas CO2. In the Ketzin, Brandenburg, about 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide have been stored in about 700 meters as part of the previous project CO2SINK. About 70 scientists, operators and policy makers are discussing the recent results and future projects today and tomorrow in Potsdam.


07.01.2011 | Brandenburg exploration of geo-energy receives additional funding

On January 6, Dr. Helge Braun, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Research, presents the notice of approval for the second phase of the energy research project GeoEn to the project partners. The grand total for the period January 2011 to September 2013 amounts to € 5.77 million and allows the continued development of this strong research platform for sustainable energy supply. From this sum, € 2.28 million go to the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, which has the lead management of the project. The joint project GEOENERGIE - GeoEn is one of six pilot projects of the first funding phase in the BMBF program "Research Excellence and Innovation in the New German Länder." It focuses on four geoscientifically relevant core topics that deal with a climate-friendly and secure energy supply in the future: geothermal energy, shale gas (also known as unconventional gas resource), CO2 capture and transport, and finally the storage of CO2. These core topics are examined in intersecting areas of geo-energy research: reservoir exploration, reservoir development and management, and technical system components and integration.


23.12.2010 | Six years after the tsunami disaster

Six years after the tsunami disaster of 26/12/2004, the set-up of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean (GITEWS) has been completed. The project ends on 31 March 2011. After that, Indonesia accepts the sole responsibility for the overall system.


22.12.2010 | Drilling in the Holy Land

About 50 miles from Bethlehem, a drilling project is determining the climate and earthquake activity of the Holy Land. Scientists from eight nations are examining the ground below the Dead Sea, by placing a borehole in this deepest basin in the world. The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program ICDP brings together research teams from Israel, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the USA and Germany. Particularly noteworthy: Researchers from Jordan and Palestine are also involved.


23.11.2010 | Seismic waves spread out unevenly

Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, presented the German Study Award 2010 on Tuesday, 23 November in the premises of the German Parliamentary Society in Berlin. The Körber Foundation awards this prize for outstanding doctoral dissertations, which are also of particular social importance. This year, the first prize in the category of natural science and technology goes to the geoscientist Hauke Marquardt from the Free University Berlin /GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The young top researchers each receive a prize money of € 30 000.

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