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Tracing ocean warming by electromagnetic signals

The Ocean works as a gigantic heat sink and thereby is an important factor in mitigating global warming. Since warming water expands, warming oceans cause a rise in sea-level. This poses a significant risk to coastal areas. Existing methods of global...

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OASIS data hub launched, offering flood data for the Danube river catchment

How can a community be enabled to protect against future floods or insurers calculate flood losses? Data sets are needed. These data are now provided by the OASIS community with the OASIS data hub. With the participation of the GFZ section Hydrology...

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Improving embankment dam safety – A satellite supported feasibility study

Embankment dams are built to form water reservoirs, to supply hydro power stations or for flood control. Depending on the volume of water stored the dams are exposed to enormous hydraulic pressure. Due to this, about ten severe damages occur globally...

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Forecasting magma movement through the crust

Assessing the hazard of volcanic eruptions requires knowledge on where exactly eruptive fissure will be located. Scientists from the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, France, and the GFZ have developed a method to forecast how fast a volcanic dike...

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Diamonds log their travel to the depth

Microscopic inclusions have tremendous internal pressure – and witnessed an eventful past | Recently, a team from the Hebrew University Jerusalem and from the GFZ studied nanometer-sized inclusions in diamonds. Like a logbook, they record the travel...

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Megathrust earthquakes trigger themselves – Mechanisms behind earthquake cycles at Chiles plate boundary discovered

When a phase of relative seismic quiescence of decades to centuries is followed by a short phase of strong seismic activity of several days or years, scientists refer to it as a megathrust earthquake cycle. A team of five GFZ scientists, a Chilean...

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The heat of the Upper Rhine Graben as a future energy supplier?

Under what conditions does the underground serve as a supplier for geothermal energy? Within the EU funded project IMAGE „Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration“, the PhD student Jessica Freymark investigates the characteristics of...

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Land subsidence caused by unrestrained groundwater exploitation is a risk for pistachio production in Iran

The Kerman Province of Iran is one of the main producers of pistachios in the world. In the Rafsanjan plain more than ninety percent of the agricultural land is used for production of this stone fruit. Groundwater is the main source of water supply...

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Tracking changes of Earth’s gravity field – satellite mission GRACE Follow-On will be launched with SpaceX

Since 2002 the satellite mission GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) is in orbit to measure the Earth’s gravity field. Unfortunately, around summer this year the two satellites will run out of fuel, but a successor is already in...

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Final meeting for SIBYL project

The final meeting of the project “Seismic monitoring and vulnerability framework for civil protection” SIBYL was held at the GFZ on 7 December, organized by the GFZ Centre for Early Warning Systems. SIBYL was set out to develop an operational...

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