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08.07.2016 | EPOS Meeting on the prediction of earthquake shaking

How can earthquake shaking in Europe be predicted? This question is in focus of EPOS, the European Plate Observing System. A prerequisite is first of all to bring together todays and future data and data products and to make them readily available. How to implement this was discussed on last week’s EPOS meeting at the Wissenschaftsetage Potsdam.

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07.07.2016 | Earthquake early warning and global geo-risks

The Centre for Early Warning Systems (EWS) at the GFZ deals with the design and implementation of early warning systems for different natural disasters. The scientists also assess the risks arising from earthquakes as well as from other related geo-hazards. The research results can be used by civil protection authorities and decision-makers for disaster risk reduction and prevention measures. On both topics the EWS presents new studies.

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05.07.2016 | Beijing is sinking

Beijing is one of the five most water-stressed cities in the world. Due to extensive over-exploitation of groundwater Beijing region is suffering from land subsidence since 1935. The interpretation of satellite imagery for the years 2003 to 2011, which was done in a study of an international team of scientists with the participation of the GFZ, now shows that parts of Beijing, especially the financial district of the city, subside per year by about 10 centimeters.

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01.07.2016 | Neues Labor: Moleküle und Isotope als Schlüssel zur Vergangenheit

Das Klima der Vergangenheit zu rekonstruieren und seine Wechselwirkungen innerhalb des Systems Erde zu verstehen, hilft dabei, zu entschlüsseln, welche Faktoren überhaupt zu Klimaveränderungen führen und was mögliche Folgen sind. Je genauer dabei diese Faktoren und deren Auswirkungen zeitlich und räumlich bestimmt werden können, desto besser. In einem neuen Labor am GFZ dienen kleinste Moleküle und Isotope als Schlüssel zur Vergangenheit.

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01.07.2016 | New Innovative Training Network MetalAid

[Translate to Englisch:] Heutzutage sind in Europa tausende von Böden und Grundwässer durch giftige Metalle und organische Lösungsmittel verunreinigt. Doch der Zugang zu sauberem Wasser ist für die stetig wachsende europäische Bevölkerung von zentraler Bedeutung für Lebensqualität und wirtschaftliche Stabilität. An diesem Punkt setzt MetalAid (Metal Oxide Aided Subsurface Remediation: from Invention to Injection), ein Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), an. Es ist ein im Rahmen des EU-Programms Horizon 2020 gefördertes Weiterbildungsnetzwerk, in dem 14 NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen darin ausgebildet werden, innovative Methoden zu entwickeln und Technologien zu testen, die der Säuberung verunreinigter Böden und Grundwässer dienen können.

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29.06.2016 | Zeppelin back ashore

That’s science: After the main work was done for the expedition „Clockwork Ocean“, coordinated by our colleagues from Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, the scientists flew back from the Baltic Sea with their zeppelin and continued to gather data over land.

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29.06.2016 | Personalia | Prof. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg is appointed as a Geochemical Fellow

Prof. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, Head of GFZ section Earth Surface Geochemistry, is appointed today as a “Geochemical Fellow” by the US Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. The fellowship is awarded at the international Goldschmidt conference in Yokohama, Japan.

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