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A worldmap colourfully shows the locations from which people submitted felt reports of earthquakes to the LastQuake database from 2014-2021.

Crowdsourced reports via app can quickly identify an earthquake’s impact as high or low

Messages of affected people about the "felt intensity" of a quake can help in early disaster management after only 10 minutes.

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Water scarcity in Iran is homemade

Satellite time series and reanalysis climate data show how agricultural expansion and intensification are reducing water storage Iran-wide.


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Photo of a thick tree slice with the annual rings.

European summer droughts since 2015: most severe over centuries – but not the only multi-year droughts

This is shown by isotope analyses of tree rings throughout Europe, which thus prove to be a unique tool for climate research.

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Hills of a large city with the sea in the foreground. On the right a bridge.

Tidal sea level fluctuations trigger earthquakes

AI methods decipher possible harbingers of larger quakes in the Sea of Marmara off Istanbul

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Pyramid-shaped measuring devices float on a lake.

Humans have influenced the growth of blue-green algae in lakes for thousands of years

This is shown for the first time by the examination of blue-green algae DNA on sediments from a lake in Mecklenburg.

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A full starry sky with Milky Way can be seen above sparsely built-up terrain. Towards the left, the development - and thus the artificial lighting - increases more and more, and at the same time fewer and fewer stars become visible in the night sky.

Visibility of stars in the night sky declines faster than previously thought

This is shown by a study in Science based on a worldwide Citizen Science project on light pollution that has collected data over the last eleven years.

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5 persons standing in a Lab between experiments.

Minister President Dietmar Woidke visits the GFZ

In focus: Research on the energy supply of the future and satellite-based climate and environmental monitoring

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The glass building with flagging "IASS" at Helmholtzstraße 5.

An ideal addition to the Helmholtz Association

As of 1 January 2023, the IASS has been renamed as the Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) and embedded into the administrative structures of GFZ.

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Important signal for the expansion of deep geothermal energy

Important signal for the expansion of deep geothermal energy:GFZ welcomes consultation process of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and identifies important fields of action

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German map with quality-checked data points, shown as columns

A new heat-flow analysis shows higher values for Germany

A new systematic data evaluation provides a basis for the assessment of geothermal resources.

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