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03.03.2010 | Bridging Geosciences in the Berlin-Brandenburg Region

03.03.2010|Potsdam:
On Wednesday, 03 March 2010, the Humboldt University Berlin, the Free University Berlin, the Technical University Berlin, the Berlin Museum of Natural History, the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences founded the coordination platform Geo.X. The name Geo.X stands for the bridging of geosciences to further natural and engineering sciences, but also to humanities and social-science disciplines. Geoscientific themes, of significant importance for the future of society, will be researched in an interdisciplinary manner. 

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10.02.2010 | Geothermal Energy and CO2-Storage: competing use of the underground?

10.02.2010|Potsdam:
The fight against the CO2 emissions can be applied at two places: First of all, forms of energy can be used, which yield either no, or only very small amounts of carbon dioxide emissions, for example geothermal energy. Secondly the inevitably freed CO2 when burning fossil energy sources can be captured and geologically stored in suitable rock formations. If, however, geothermal and geological CO2-storage need to use the same rock layers, the question arises if the one does not perhaps rule out the other.

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25.01.2010 | Exercise in the case of emergency

25.01.2010|Potsdam:
An international workshop on “Tsunami Early Warning in the Indian Ocean” has been opened today in Indonesia in the frame of the GITEWS-project in cooperation between the GFZ Potsdam/Germany and the BMKG Jakarta/Indonesia, in association with the ICG/IOTWS of UNESCO IOC. Shortly after the Tsunami Disaster 2004 in Indian Ocean, all nations realized the need of a Tsunami Warning System in Indian Ocean. The countries in Indian Ocean have committed to develop an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) to serve member states in Indian Ocean for the future tsunami. This system is now under coordination of an Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) of UNESCO IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission). In line with the development of the system, the capacity of National Tsunami Warning Centres (NTWC)s and Regional Tsunami Watch Providers (RTWP) needs to be strengthened for maintenance and sustainability purposes as well as interoperability of the products among others.

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17.01.2010 | The seismic gap south of Istanbul

17.01.2010|Potsdam:
The chain of earthquakes along the North Anatolian fault shows a gap south of Istanbul. The expected earthquakes in this region represent an extreme danger for the Turkish megacity. A new computer study now shows that the tensions in this part of the fault zone could trigger several earthquakes instead of one individual large quake event. In the latest issue of Nature Geosciences (Nature Geoscience, vol 3, doi:10.1038/NGEO739) Tobias Hergert of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and Oliver Heidbach of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences present the results of the computer simulation, which was developed within the framework of the CEDIM (Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology).project “Megacity Istanbul”. 

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08.01.2010 | GFZ Laboratory container (BUGLab) back from its maiden voyage to the Barents Sea

08.01.2010|Potsdam:
On November 14th 2009 the Norwegian research vessel „H.U. Sverdrup II“ with the GFZ Laboratory container on board started from the Norwegian port Tromsø on a scientific expedition, sponsored solely by the Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum, into the south western Barents Sea.

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